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Friday, August 17, 2012

Chile Police Storm Student-Occupied Schools

Police have stormed schools in the Chilean capital Santiago to evict students who have been staging a week-long occupation.

It is the latest in a series of protests by students demanding reforms to the educational system in the South American country.

Police arrested 139 people, mostly teenagers, when they entered three high schools in the downtown area that had been taken over by students.

Students from around the country study at the three prestigious public schools - Dario Salas, Miguel de Cervantes and Confederacion Suiza - often with government scholarships or at a low cost to the parents.

"The use of force was necessary for the rule of law," said police chief Victor Tapia amid allegations of excessive use of force.

The student movement erupted last year as calls for sweeping education reform, free college education and central government control over public schools mounted.

High school students say right-wing President Sebastian Pinera has failed to hear their demands. Read More