Violent Protests For Education Reform In Chile

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?

Thanks for reading,

Digestible Politics

6 comments on “Violent Protests For Education Reform In Chile

  1. Cristina P. says:

    You missed an “e” in the title…

  2. Pippin Gypsy says:

    In my opinion things won’t get better in Chile anytime soon. Neither party is willing to compromise. They have met various times over the past 2 years and nothing has changed at all. The way I see it, at this stage it does nothing but disrupt businesses and destroy the area where the protests are being held. I’m not a political person and I’m not taking anyone’s side, but I find it impossible to have high quality AND free education, which is what the students are asking for. Quality and free don’t mix well in anything…but that’s just my own opinion.

    I enjoyed reading this article. It’s good to see you have the general facts straight 🙂

  3. lmuth7590 says:

    My understandings, after spending some time living in Santiago, is that even “public” schools are in fact a mix of public and private funding, and there are various kinds with more private funding/higher tuition that tend to be better. The nuances were not totally clear to me, but that was the general gist I got.
    On the university level, the debate is much the same as it is in the UK and US, which is that although there is high quality education, it is not accessible for broad swathes of the population, and a majority of students who do go are faced with decades of debt afterwards.
    Finally, in my experience of the protests (which, admittedly, was almost two years ago, just as the demonstrations were really getting big,) they were generally peaceful until the police started using tear gas and hoses to break them up, at which point there was some panic and chaos.

  4. Pippin Gypsy says:

    Yes, there are 3 kinds schools that I’m aware of, 100% public, a mix of public/government funded and private. I believe there are many variations of the 2nd type.
    I live here now and university is very expensive. You could pay 2 tuitions in the states with the amount they pay here for 1…ridiculous. Before I left the states it wasn’t difficult to get a good education. I don’t how things are now, but they are probably worse.

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