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Massive Movement for Free Education in Chile 2011
Just like pretty much everywhere around the world people in Chile have been resisting the increasing privatisation and commercialisation of education for the past few years. The latest wave of protests errupted at the end of May this year.A fellow activist in Chile sent in a report on June 4th to give some background information on the current movement.
The independent communication platform International Student Movement (ISM) can be used by groups and activists to inform about the developments on the local level, network with people worldwide and make coordinations.
June 2011 saw dozens of huge demonstrations for free education across Chile. Schools and universities have been occupied and the whole education system pretty much paralysed. To get a better idea of what has been going on until now, here is a collection of videos.
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Let's begin with a general clip, that was recorded by activists to inform people worldwide in many different languages on the situation. This video was uploaded on June 26th:
Video in different languages:
August 21st: Up to 1 million people joined a free education protest with concerts and theatre performances.
August 18th: Once again up to 200,000 people took to the streets of Chile to fight for free quality not-for-profit education for all.
August 9th: The protests in Chile for free education continue. As part of a day of strike up to 100,000 students, teachers and parents took to the streets in Santiago alone. Riots errupted and at least 273 activists were detained: english.aljazeera.net.
August 7th: Up to 10,000 students with their family protested in the capital Santiago.
August 4th: Tens of thousands across the country took to the streets once again. Many were attacked by police forces and were injured - about 900 were arrested. A TV station (Chile Vision) was occupied until they aired a message by the protesters.
August 4th: Democracy Now reports about protests with some background information and an interview:
June 30th: Massive strike with demonstrations in various cities across Chile; 120,000 protesters in Santiago, 30,000 in Concepción, 20,000 in Valparaísos and 15,000 in Temuco. All together about 300,000 people took to the streets for free education across the country. Thirteen students were arrested during clashes between riot police and protesters in Santiago.
June 25th: Students staged a mass performance of Michael Jackson's Thriller in a protest over higher education in Santiago.
June 23th: About ten thousand students and pupils took to the streets of Santiago. Protesters were attacked with water canons and tear gas. Several students were detained by riot police.
June 16th: More than 100,000 students, pupils, lecturers and parents joined a massive demonstration in Santiago. About another 100,000 took to the streets in other parts of the country.
June 13th: More than 80 high schools were occupied by students.
June 1st: About 25,000 students protested on the streets of Santiago.