If you live in the UK you will probably know about the rising university tuition fees that caused large protests in London, and if you live in America you may have heard of the student protests to education cuts in New Jersey . In fact, wherever you liver, demand for education reform and changes to the system have the ability to mobilise large numbers of students.
In Chile, the protests to education reform are massive and have been continuing for 2 years, but the largest one in 2013 occurred yesterday. Approximately 100,000 people have been protesting in the streets of Santiago (the capital), even though the education system in Chile is said to be one the best in Latin America. The issue lies in the divide of education standards – the protesters are arguing that whilst the middle-class are receiving high class education standard, the lower classes are receiving a much poorer quality education.
Riot police in the city fired water guns, tear gas and used paintball guns to prevent the violent protest after being attacked by students. In total, 8 officers were injured and 109 people were arrested. One of the officers was hit by acid and is now in a critical condition.
Although the protest started off peaceful it soon became violent leading to widespread destruction of the city.
How can Chile progress and prevent further violence?
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