Students in the Chilean capital, Santiago are set to protest today (Weds) in their fight for free education for all which has seen several eventful days of action over the past year, known as the 'Chilean Winter'. Today marks one year since the first major strike in Chile. In April as many as 50,000 students took to the streets, with some altercations taking place between protesters and the authorities after a police booth was allegedly set on fire. Smaller protests held in other cities were conducted peacefully. Despite a speech made by the Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, outlining tax reforms expected to raise around $700m (£433m), much of which will be funnelled to the country's education system, students organisations believe this to not be enough and todays action is the latest attempt to force the government to concede. The President even said "Thanks to these measures no young Chilean will ever again be excluded from higher education because of a lack of resources... This is something that fills me with pride." However, the president of the Student Federation of the University of Chile, Gabriel Boric is sceptical of the promises and said: "Students do not get tired of waiting for answers from the government, and criminal entrepreneurs do not have solutions (...) without protests and without social pressure this government does not listen." A second day of action is planned on June 28, student organisations are promoting a national strike including demonstrations across the country and another large protest in the capital. [Photograph via Wikipedia shows earlier protests, sign reads 'Education is not for sale']
Chile: students to mark year of protest with Santiago demo
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