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Chilean police clash with protesting students

Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 00:50

Aug. 19 - Clashes erupt as police tries to remove students who had halted traffic during a protest for better education. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Chilean students demanding educational improvements halted traffic and clashed with police on Friday (August 19). Nearly a hundred youths occupied a harbour in the city of Puerto Montt and prevented vehicles from boarding car ferries that cross the Chacao Channel and connect the port with the Island of Chiloe. Students formed a human chain and refused to move when police arrived to remove them. Officers threw tear gas bombs to disperse the crowd and arrested several students after the clashes. For about three months, Chilean students have been protesting to demand better and cheaper public education. This week the government proposed to increase grants and reduce interest rates so that students could finance their education. It was the third proposal since the crisis began. Yet, demonstrators continued to march across the capital Santiago to protest against an education bill they say doesn't go far enough to bring equal access to schooling for the poor. Protesters want President Sebastian Pinera to withdraw an education bill from Congress that replaces a law in place since the end of Chile's 1973-1990 dictatorship. Students and teachers don't like the existing law either, but they say the new bill does not go far enough to meet their needs, and are demanding the government draw more on funds.

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Chilean police clash with protesting students

Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 00:50