Chilean students keep fighting

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From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Chilean students call for more state education

Thursday 20 October 2011

by Our Foreign Desk

Chilean students call for more state education

Over 100,000 students and their supporters marched through Chile’s capital Santiago on Wednesday demanding major changes in public education.

Two huge marches converged in a mass demonstration in Santiago calling on President Sebastian Pinera to expand the central government’s role in educating Chileans.

The changes sought by students who have been protesting and boycotting classes for nearly six months would fundamentally overhaul a school system that has been the target of massive privatisation since the end of the 1973-90 dictatorship.

As Wednesday’s demonstration broke up, small groups confronted police and violence spread quickly, but organisers said that they were only fringe groups.

A petrol station was attacked, with vandals taking hoses and spraying fuel around.

Police hosed the area down and kept others away, cutting off electricity to avoid sparking a huge fire.

Smaller protest marches the day before had also had a violent fringe element of hooded rioters who tried to attack a petrol station and set fire to a bus whose passengers had fled.

But student leader Camilo Ballesteros warned that such violence only strengthened the government’s efforts to paint striking students as out of control.

On social networks, student activists are increasingly questioning who is responsible for the violence, with some raising the possibility that pro-government agents provocateurs are fostering trouble.

Chilean Deputy Interior Minister Rodrigo Ubilla said that two police officers had been injured overnight and 263 people arrested on what he described as “another day of violence and destruction.”

President Pinera has rejected the students’ core demand that Chile should provide free public education to all its citizens, claiming that this would force poor taxpayers to shoulder the costs of the rich.

But students say that the costs of good, free education could be more than covered by making the rich pay more tax.

Chile’s government leaders say that the education debate will have to be resolved in the country’s congress.

But student leaders are wary, citing a history of betrayals of reform by Chile’s political establishment.

Dozens of students disrupted a Chilean Senate committee hearing in Santiago on Thursday and occupied the Senate office building for eight hours: here.

Tens of thousands of students took to the streets of Colombia’s major cities Wednesday to demand the rescinding of a proposed university “reform” that they say will benefit the country’s wealthiest at the expense of the majority of Colombian youth: here.

Opposition legislators accused the Chilean government of whitewashing the former Pinochet dictatorship on Thursday after it emerged that ministers have revised the national curriculum to describe his rule as a “military regime”: here.

Chileans Disillusioned with Pinochet-Era Political System: here.

President Sebastián Piñera was named the fourth richest person in Chile by Forbes magazine in its 2012 list of the world’s wealthiest people: here.

SANTIAGO, Mar 23, 2012 (IPS) – Protests in the southern Chilean city of Puerto Aysén over the region’s isolation and high local prices of fuel and food have spread to other isolated regions of the country: here.

SANTIAGO, Apr 23, 2012 (IPS) – A criminal lawsuit against 1,500 former members of DINA, the secret police of Chile’s 1973-1990 dictatorship, is seeking to shed light on the most active player in the repression, which stretched outside the country’s borders: here.

Chilean clashes mark Pinochet film screening: here.

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