Thursday, October 06, 2011

Chile: Talks broken, police move in on students

By FEDERICO QUILODRAN - Assocated Press | Oct. 6, 2011

SANTIAGO, Chile — Chilean police are cracking down on demonstrators for
education reform, using water cannons and tear gas to prevent them from
gathering in any significant numbers.

A huge deployment of riot police surrounded students in the Plaza Italia,
where student leader Camila Vallejo tried to lead the march while holding
a sign saying "United and stronger." But water cannons and tear gas forced
them to disperse. Several reporters were among the injured.

Vallejo called the violence unprecedented even after five months of
confrontations over education reform.

She has asked Chileans to bang pots in their neighborhoods tonight in a
protest against the government.

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