Chile students march, demanding Bachelet deliver on reforms

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A riot police vehicle releases a jet of water on demonstrators during a rally against the government to demand changes in the education system in Santiago

Thousands of students filled the central streets of Chile’s capital city, Santiago, on Thursday, in a march to remind President Michelle Bachelet that their patience is running out as to when she will deliver promised education reforms. Smaller marches also took place in other towns around Chile. The students are calling for more active participation in and clarity on education reforms that the center-left government is trying to push through Congress. Bachelet has pledged to make major changes to Chile’s education system, which was privatized under the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet, and is often poor quality and expensive, favoring those who have the means to pay.


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