Education protests grip Chilean capital

Students in Chile have erected burning barricades in at least 10 locations throughout Santiago, as part of a protest to demand free higher education, Aljazeera reports. Tuesday’s demonstration in the South American nation’s capital is the latest phase in a student movement that began in May. Television footage showed police using water cannons against the protesters, and the office of President Sebastian Pinera referred to them as “the violent ones, the vandals”, who have “undertaken a series of actions that are absolutely to be condemned”. Protesters threatened to continue demonstrating overnight – thousands are expected to take to the plazas this evening – and into the day on Wednesday…

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