Chilean police used tear gas and water cannons to quell a crowd of nearly 2,000 students on Wednesday (August 18) as they protested against what they see as government plans to privatise the education system in the Latin American country.
The protesters, who were made up of both university and secondary school students, also called for increased government spending on state schools and universities. “We want to make a stand in front of the media that this is a march that has a peaceful character and we are not responsible for the provocation,” said Julio Sarmiento, the President of Chile University Student Union as he addressed the crowd of protesters.
As the crowd marched through the capital Santiago they were met by a heavy contingent of riot police who used tear gas and water cannons to quell the crowd.
At least 20 students were detained by police.