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Violent Student Protests in Chile

Police arrest 75 protesters destroying property because they want free education

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Police have used water cannons to break up a protest in Chile's capital, Santiago, by thousands of students demanding free education, and hooded vandals set ablaze three city buses amid violence that left dozens arrested and injured.

Chile's government said student leaders cannot be exempt from responsibility for the burning of the Transantiago mass transit system buses in Wednesday's protest, during which 75 people were arrested and 49 policemen were injured.

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  1. From the article:
    “Student leaders want to change the tax system so the rich pay more. They also want the state back in control of the mostly privatised public universities to ensure quality. They say change will come only when the private sector is regulated and education is no longer a for-profit business.”

    It seems no doubt that they (the ‘students’) lack an education, but it’s not at all obvious that it would be of any help.

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