Saturday, August 25, 2012

''113 arrested in Chile student protests''

AFP - Over a hundred students were arrested in Santiago in clashes between police and demonstrators demanding better public education, after the occupation of several schools.

Some 4,500 students, mostly from high schools and universities, took to the streets to demand improvements in Chile's public education system, said to be among the most expensive and unequal in the world.

Santiago authorities said 113 people were arrested in various parts of the city, including 39 adults and 74 minors.

Near La Moneda, hooded protestors brandished sticks, stones and bottles filled with paint at police guarding the presidential palace.

Police used water jets and tear gas against protesters, who paralyzed traffic in the Chilean capital for roughly two hours.

One week ago, police arrested 139 people when they stormed three Santiago high schools that had been taken over by students demanding educational reforms. Read More