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Chilean Students Protest Profiteering in Universities

IN PICTURES: Thousands of Chilean students took to the streets on Thursday in the first major student protests under recently inaugurated President Sebastian Piñera.
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The first major student protests under the new Piñera administration rocked Chilean streets, with thousands of university students condeming profiteering in the university system.
The first major student protests under the new Piñera administration rocked Chilean streets, with thousands of university students condeming profiteering in the university system. Photo:Reuters
The protests are in response to a decision by Chile
The protests are in response to a decision by Chile's Constitutional Court to overturn a law making it illegal for for-profit companies to control universities. Photo:Reuters
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Chile's notoriously heavily armed riot police responded to students, dispersing demonstrations with tear gas. Photo:Reuters
A group of protesters carrying a puppet depicting President Sebastian Piñera as an octopus.
A group of protesters carrying a puppet depicting President Sebastian Piñera as an octopus. Photo:Reuters
A protester spray paints a riot police vehicle.
A protester spray paints a riot police vehicle. Photo:Reuters
Demonstrators with a placard reading "Stop the profit, debts and sexism" and calling President Piñera a "thief."
Demonstrators with a placard reading "Stop the profit, debts and sexism" and calling President Piñera a "thief."
Many have long claimed that some companies that operate universities have found ways to exploit loopholes in the law, allowing them to turn a profit without re-investing the money in reduced tuition or improved education.
Many have long claimed that some companies that operate universities have found ways to exploit loopholes in the law, allowing them to turn a profit without re-investing the money in reduced tuition or improved education. Photo:Reuters
Piñera
Piñera's first term in office, before he was succeeded by former President Michelle Bachelet, was rocked by student protests against his conservative administration and cuts to education. Photo:Reuters
"We would prefer to be in the classroom...but unfortunately, we can
"We would prefer to be in the classroom...but unfortunately, we can't do it with dignity because there continues to be profiteering (in education) in Chile," said Sandra Beltrami, a spokeswoman for the students. Photo:Reuters
Published 19 April 2018
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