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John Charney: The Chilean Winter, Student Revolt

John Charney: The Chilean Winter, Student Revolt

By John Charney Originally baptised as the Chilean Winter, the student movement in Chile has demonstrated that it is far from being the consequence of a seasonal emancipating spirit. After four months of continuous and massive protests for the establishment of a fair and integrated educational system, the movement has achieved what no political party or political leader could in the last twenty years. It has placed at the centre of discussion the need of structural and … Read entire article »

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Corinna Lotz: Chile Joins Year Of “Global Indignation”

Corinna Lotz: Chile Joins Year Of “Global Indignation”

By Corinna Lotz The political temperature continues to rise in Chile since last week’s killing of 16-year-old high school student Manuel Gutiérrez in the capital Santiago. The country, which is the world’s major producer of copper, has been viewed as a rock for global capitalism in an unstable South America. But now it is seeing – horror of horrors for its right-wing rulers – a united workers and student movement which has the support of the majority of … Read entire article »

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Federico Quilodran: Thousands In Chile Take To Streets, Demand Change

Federico Quilodran: Thousands In Chile Take To Streets, Demand Change

By Federico Quilodran Santiago, Chile – Tens of thousands of Chileans marched peacefully Thursday demanding profound changes in the country’s heavily centralized and privatized form of government, while smaller groups broke away to fight with police. More than 450 people were arrested and dozens injured. Union members, students, government workers and center-left opposition parties took part in the final day of a nationwide two-day strike, which included four separate protest marches in the capital and demonstrations across Chile. In … Read entire article »

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Eloy Fisher: Chile’s Student Rebels – Views From The Trenches

Eloy Fisher: Chile’s Student Rebels – Views From The Trenches

By Eloy Fisher Radio Toma, loosely translated as “Occupation Radio,” broadcasts non-stop information about the protests being staged in front of the University of Chile’s main building – literally a stone’s throw away from the Presidential Palace of La Moneda. Since June 10, students have occupied the beautiful neoclassical 19th Century campus as the protests have continued to intensify around their one demand – to dismantle the market-based approach of the Chilean educational system, something they have scornfully come … Read entire article »

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Chilean Students Kiss Protest

Chilean Students Kiss Protest

Thousands of Chilean students lock lips to demand education reforms in ongoing clashes with the government. (video) Protests punish Pinera, but Chile economy seen safe By Alexandra Ulmer and Alexis Krell SANTIAGO | Thu Jul 7, 2011 3:57pm EDT (Reuters) – A growing wave of protests against Chilean President Sebastian Pinera’s policies risks hampering his legislative agenda though investment in Latin America’s model economy is seen safe for now. Led by students demanding cheaper and better state education, hundreds of thousands of people have taken … Read entire article »

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Cristian Cabalin: Students March For A Better Chile

Cristian Cabalin: Students March For A Better Chile

By Cristian Cabalin: Chile’s education system both reflects and perpetuates the inequality of its society. These protests hope to reform both. Chile’s Sebastián Piñera government is facing hard times. In addition tocitizen disapproval rates currently standing at 56%, he now has to contend with massive student protests of a scale not seen in Chile since the return of democracy in 1990. The latest large-scale protest brought together hundreds of thousands of people across the country, demanding better public … Read entire article »

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