Tuesday, August 9, 2011

In Chile, the students stopped their activities and march for a better education system

Thousands of Chilean students and teachers conducted a work stoppage today to demand better education, and have been released back to the streets of Santiago in places where protesters have clashed with police. Authorities said six people have been arrested for participating in roadblocks hours before the big march that has begun in the Chilean capital.

The police have cleared barricades emblematic areas of Santiago and La Alameda, walk where thousands of students Tuesday in what will be the fourth major demonstration for a quality public education in Chile. The officers have also used water jets and tear gas to disperse the demonstrators.

The authorities and student leaders yesterday reached an agreement to young people to undertake a march on a route that avoids the center of Santiago, although it includes a section of the Alameda, Santiago's main thoroughfare. Last Thursday, a ban on demonstrations in the artery led to clashes which lasted all day and left more than 870 detainees.

With the arrest of student unions seeking to pressure the government to improve some aspects of a plan of 21 actions presented last week to improve education. The points refer to a constitutional guarantee of free public education and quality, the prohibition of profit in private universities and return to the state, from municipalities, the administration of primary and secondary education system.

Such demands have remained mobilized Chilean students who have the support of Teachers College and numerous unions and social organizations, since last May.

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