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Students clash with police in Chile
At least 113 students arrested after thousands clashed with police on Santiago's streets demanding better education.
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2012 04:08
Police used water jets and tear gas against protesters, who paralysed traffic in the Chilean capital [Reuters]

More than hundred students have been arrested in Chilean capital, Santiago, in clashes between police and demonstrators demanding better public education.

About 4,500 students, mostly from high schools and universities, took to the streets to demand improvements in Chile's public education system, said to be among the most expensive and unequal in the world.

Santiago authorities said 113 people were arrested in various parts of the city, including 39 adults and 74 minors.

Near La Moneda, hooded protestors brandished sticks, stones and bottles filled with paint at police guarding the presidential palace.

Police used water jets and tear gas against protesters, who paralysed traffic in the Chilean capital for roughly two hours.

One week ago, police arrested 139 people when they stormed three Santiago high schools that had been taken over by students demanding educational reforms.

The student movement erupted last year amid growing calls for sweeping education reform, free college education and central government control over public schools.

Public education in Chile suffered from sharp cuts in funding during the 1973-1990 dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, leaving a system that favours expensive private schools that are out of the reach of the poor.

Student organisers have called for another protest on Tuesday.

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