RadioBDC Logo
Arrows (feat. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) | Fences Listen Live
THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING

Chile's student protesters urge educational reform

Demonstrators are sprayed by a police water cannon during a student march that turned violent in Santiago, Chile, Thursday, June 28, 2012. The students asked the government for improvement in educational policies. Demonstrators are sprayed by a police water cannon during a student march that turned violent in Santiago, Chile, Thursday, June 28, 2012. The students asked the government for improvement in educational policies. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)
June 28, 2012
Text size +
  • E-mail
  • E-mail this article

    Invalid E-mail address
    Invalid E-mail address

    Sending your article

    Your article has been sent.

SANTIAGO, Chile—Tens of thousands of high school and college students took to the streets of the Chilean capital on Thursday to call for the end of public financing of private universities and other reforms to the country's troubled educational system.

The protesters, many brandishing banners and flags, braved sometimes heavy rains on their 3-mile- (5-kilometer-) long march through Santiago.

Though most of the protest took place without incident, at one point a few masked students hurled stones at police and lobbed a Molotov cocktail at a car, setting it alight. Police responded swiftly, putting out the burning vehicle and retaliating with tear gas and water cannons.

Student protests have rocked this country on South America's southwest coast for more than a year and their fight for an educational overhaul here has captured headlines worldwide. Thursday's march was the third this year.

The government has responded to student pressure by making some changes, but student leaders insist they don't go far enough.

Chile is beset by poor-quality public schools and expensive private universities benefiting from state funding, and many students face huge educational loan debts.

  • E-mail
  • E-mail this article

    Invalid E-mail address
    Invalid E-mail address

    Sending your article

    Your article has been sent.

Boston.com top stories on Twitter

    waiting for twitterWaiting for Twitter to feed in the latest...