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Students, police clash as protests for education reform continue in Chile

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 00:46

June 26 - Early morning clashes between police and protesters in Santiago set the stage for a new phase of renewed student demonstrations. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Protesters clashed with police in the early morning hours of Wednesday as a new round of demonstrations calling for education reform began in Chile. Flaming barricades and roadblocks set up by protesters began appearing on the streets of Santiago overnight and police attempted to clear them by daybreak. Morning brought renewed clashes with tear gas and water cannons between hooded demonstrators and riot police throughout the city, including the vicinity of the University of Chile's law school. Police said the situation was brought under control within hours. However, more protests are expected in the afternoon. Authorities say they anticipate Wednesday's demos will lead to another phase of renewed activity among students demanding education reforms. Students, both secondary and university, have led regular demonstrations, calling for a free and quality education for all Chileans since the protest movement started in 2011. The protests have tainted the administration of President Sebastian Pinera as student groups have staged multiple mass protests and garnered support from other social groups.

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Students, police clash as protests for education reform continue in Chile

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 00:46