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Chile protesters call for education reform

Demonstrators try to disrupt President Sebastian Pinera's final state of the nation speech to Congress.

Last Modified: 22 May 2013 03:23
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Chilean police have used water canons and tear gas to break up a demonstration calling for more wide-ranging and free education.

The protests on Tuesday came as President Sebastian Pinera defended his record in a final state of the nation address to Congress.

He recounted his success of creating jobs and announced educational reforms.

Demonstrators included students and members of left-wing movements and unions who are fighting against neo-liberal policies and fight inequality in Chile.

Al Jazeera's Mariana Sanchez reports from Valparaiso.

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