WNU #1098: Chilean Students March as President Makes UN Speech

Three students from the Darío Salas High School in Santiago were hospitalized on Sept. 23 due to the effects of a two-month hunger strike in support of the movement's demands.

Weekly News Update on the Americas
Issue #1098, September 25, 2011

1. Chile: Student Strikers March as President Makes UN Speech
2. Colombia: Students Build for National Strike
3. Honduras: Cops Arrest More Aguán Campesinos
4. Central America: Abuse Continues in US-Linked Maquilas
5. Links to alternative sources on: Latin America, Amazon region, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, Haiti, Puerto Rico

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1. Chile: Student Strikers March as President Makes UN Speech
Chilean students took to the streets on Sept. 22 to push their demands for free public education and a reversal of the privatization policies started under the 1973-1990 dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. Organizers estimated that 180,000 people marched in Santiago, with thousands more protesting in major cities like Concepción, Talca, Temuco and Valparaíso, making the protest one of the larger demonstrations in the nearly four months since secondary and university students began striking at their schools [see Update #1094]. Following a familiar pattern, the march was generally peaceful until a confrontation started between the police and a few hooded youths at the end of the route. About 50 arrests were reported. [...]

President Piñera himself was in New York on Sept. 22 to address the United Nations General Assembly. His government was ready for “the greatest reform, and it has promised the greatest economic, human, professional and technical resources for advancing towards a true revolution in our educational system,” he told the delegates [...]

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