[Marxism] Chilean Student Movement Leads Uprising For Transformation of the Country

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Aug 14 06:38:44 MDT 2011


Chilean Student Movement Leads Uprising For Transformation of the Country

New America Media

By Roger Burbach

August 13, 2011

Chile is becoming a part of the global movement of youth that is 
transforming the world bit by bit—the Arab Spring, the sit-ins and 
demonstrations in the Spanish plazas, and the rebellion of youth in London.

Weeks of demonstrations and strikes by Chilean students came to a head 
August 9, as an estimated 100,000 people poured into the streets of 
Santiago. Joined by professors and educators, they were demanding a free 
education for all, from the primary school level to the university.

In the riotous confrontations that took place between bands of youth and 
the police, tear gas canisters were fired into the crowds, and 273 
people were arrested. Later on, in the cool winter evening, the 
deafening noise of people banging on their pots and pans in support of 
the students could be heard throughout Santiago, the country's capital 
city of six million.

To read more, see: http://globalalternatives.org/node/115





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