Chile students in fresh clashes with police
CHILE: Student protesters clashed with police in the Chilean capital
on Thursday, just ahead of scheduled talks with the government on
education reforms which have sparked massive demonstrations.
Riot police used tear gas and water cannon to try to disperse the
tens of thousands of protesters, some of whom responded by attacking
security forces with sticks and rocks, scenes broadcast on Chilean
Tear gas wafted into private homes and office buildings in the area,
briefly causing panic among residents around a park where the clashes
occurred. The demonstration had begun peacefully in front of the
University of Santiago, but turned violent near a park south of the
Chilean capital, outside an area that authorities had approved for the
Organizers estimated the crowd at 90,000, saying participants
included university students, secondary school students and teachers.
The police gave no estimate for the number of demonstrators.
The protest was being held just hours before talks were to open
between protest leaders and the government. AFP