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Protesters crash Chilean presidential palace

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 01:05

Some 20 student activists disguised as tourists crash Chile's presidential palace in Santiago and scuffle with guards who remove them by force, as part of their protest over President Michelle Bachelet's education reforms. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Student protesters RUSH the presidential palace in downtown Santiago. They're disguised as tourists in baseball caps, until guards realize what's really happening. They've come to protest the Chilean government's education policies... upset over what they say is the slow pace of education reforms by the center-left government of President Michelle Bachelet. Their banner reads "The offensive begins today." (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SPOKESPERSON FOR THE CONFEDERATION OF CHILEAN STUDENTS, GABRIEL ITURRA, SAYING: "Their educational reforms have failed, their labor reforms have failed, their economic reforms have failed. Nowadays, it is not only the student movement, but social movements and the majority of Chileans who have decided: Chile is tired of waiting." Bachelet campaigned in 2014 on a slew of reforms that included shaking up Chile's highly privatized education system and making university free of charge. SOME education reforms HAVE been passed, But students complain that other reforms are taking too long and don't go far enough, and say they want to be INCLUDED in the process of change.

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Protesters crash Chilean presidential palace

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 01:05