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Chilean police clash with anti-government protesters

Friday, August 26, 2011 - 01:13

Aug. 25 - Chilean police use water cannons to disrupt protests against President Sebastian Pinera. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: Clashes and unrest fill the streets of Chile as thousands protest against conservative President Sebastian Pinera on the second day of a two-day national strike. Chilean police fired water cannons on anti-government protesters on Thursday (August 25), the second of a two-day strike against unpopular President Sebastian Pinera. Thousands filled the streets of the capital city of Santiago demanding that a greater portion of the nation's budget be spent on social spending. Carrying flags and banners, the activists-- once a band of young students angry about rising costs of education and the condition of schools-- now represent every generation in the country. Youths set fire to piles of trash at some intersections to block traffic, and police used water cannon and tear gas to defuse the latest rash of social unrest against conservative billionaire Pinera's policies. Protesters scuffled with police and the government said hundreds of people had been detained since Wednesday. While Latin America's model economy is seen expanding 6.6 percent this year and is an investor magnet, many ordinary Chileans feel they are not sharing in Chile's economic miracle. Previous governments have faced one-day national strikes, but it was the first 48-hour national strike since the 1973-1990 Augusto Pinochet dictatorship. A recent poll showed Pinera is the least popular president since Pinochet's rule ended.

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Chilean police clash with anti-government protesters

Friday, August 26, 2011 - 01:13