Chilean students stage education protests

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 27, 2015 at 3:21 p.m.



This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Thousands of students are marching in the streets of the Chilean capital to complain about delays in an education overhaul.

Thursday's protests were mostly peaceful. Students waved flags, chanted slogans and danced in the streets to the beats of drums asking President Michelle Bachelet to fulfill her campaign promise of free education.

But the marches ended with clashes between police and hooded vandals who often infiltrate the protests.

Chile's schools were free before Gen. Augusto Pinochet pushed privatization and ended central control and funding of primary and secondary schools during his 1973-1990 dictatorship.

Public education in poorer districts suffered even as a voucher system directed billions of dollars in public funds to privately-run high schools.

Many Chilean families bore these burdens for years before student gave them a voice.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

The Associated Press

    SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

    Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast