This video from the USA says about itself:
Camila Vallejo and Noam Titelman | Student Leaders Speak Out
On Monday, October 15, 2012, “Student Leaders Speak Out: A Public Conversation Between Protagonists from Hemispheric Student Struggles in Chile, Quebec, and New York” was hosted at the Graduate Center, CUNY by the Center for Place, Culture and Politics.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Mass rallies for free education dominate election year debate
Friday 12 April 2013
Tens of thousands of students flooded the streets of Chile on Thursday in a huge demonstration to demand free education.
After two years of student marches that have paralysed Chile’s major cities and generated expectations of change, the crisis over education reform has become a key electoral issue ahead of November’s presidential election.
Thursday’s protests were mostly peaceful. Students waved flags, chanted slogans and danced in the streets in a festive atmosphere.
Student organisers said crowd numbers in the Chilean capital Santiago reached about 150,000.
Local media backed the estimate, calling it one of the largest marches in the city for more than two decades.
The size of the protest showed the strength of the student movement in an election year, said student leader Camila Vallejo.
“This symbolises that the student and social movement didn’t go home and that that the movement is here to stay,” said Ms Vallejo.
The protests aim at President Sebastian Pinera, whose government is committed to fee-paying education and is focusing on financing school loans at lower rates.
But students say that’s not enough, because the system still fails them with poor public schools, expensive private universities, unprepared teachers and unaffordable loans.
Chile’s higher education charges are among the toughest in the world, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
While Scandinavian families pay less than 5 per cent of the cost of education and US families pay a little over 40 per cent, Chilean households must pay more than 75 per cent.
Student leaders want to change the tax system so that the rich pay considerably more.
They also want the state put back in control of the privatised public universities.
They say change will only come when the private sector is regulated and education is no longer a for-profit business.
Chilean former president Michelle Bachelet began her campaign for November’s presidential election on Saturday: here.
- Hundreds of Thousands March for ‘Free Education’ in Chile (commondreams.org)
- Communist pact bolsters Bachelet in Chile poll (guardian.co.uk)
- Communists back Socialist Party candidate Bachelet (morningstaronline.co.uk)
- Whither the Chilean model? (thecommentator.com)
- Chile: tens of thousands march for education reform and social justice (workers.org)