Tuesday, 28 August 2012 23:43
After calm march, 13 police injured, more than 200 arrested, police allegedly break boy’s legs.
One of the largest demonstrations of the year went ahead almost without incident Tuesday, as thousands of workers, students and teachers demonstrated their support for education reform. The march was notably peaceful and good-natured until it officially ended at 2 p.m. and quickly descended into chaos with “encapuchados”, or hooded vandals, attacking police.
Protesters throwing furniture, stones and slabs of pavement injured 13 officers, two seriously, according
to Luis Valdés, the police chief in Chile’s Metropolitan Region. At the time of publication, police had reported 200 arrests.
The Confederation of Chilean Students (Confech), which represents both high school and university students, organized the march as part of a national day of action across the country. The United Federation of Workers (CUT) and the National Teachers’ College also lent support.
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Miles was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and, despite moving to London at a young age, still supports the Springboks over England. He is currently in his third year of undergraduate studies at Bristol University, doing Spanish and Portuguese. As well as writing for the Santiago Times he also writes for Erudition Online in the UK, as well as occasionally contributing to The Guardian Online. He is currently on his year abroad in Chile, practicing being a journalist. He once scored a 30 yard volley in a practice football game for the Badock B Team. Manchester United are said to be interested in his services.