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Water cannons quell Chile protest

Thursday, June 02, 2011 - 01:20

June 2 - As protests involving thousands of students in Santiago demanding education reform turn violent police respond with water cannons horse charges. Nich Rowlands reports.

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Violence breaks out in the Chilean capital of Santiago as thousands of students take to the streets demanding education reform. Students throw stones and other missiles at anti-riot police, who respond with water cannons and horse charges. Police officials say 15 people were arrested. The student protest movement emerged five years ago in Chile, and has been demanding reform ever since. Chile's current president has promised debt recalculation and more scholarships, amongst other reforms, but student leaders say it's not enough. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY STUDENT FEDERATION PRESIDENT, GIORGIO JACKSON: "Today we are calling for the recovery of public education, equal access to education, equality, greater financing in the sector and, as always, regulation of the private sector and with greater involvement of the state to improve education to stop putting thousands and thousands of families into debt. We want greater participation from students, workers and teachers in the decisions being made at the universities." According to local newspapers, at least 25,000 students were involved in the march. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.

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Water cannons quell Chile protest

Thursday, June 02, 2011 - 01:20