Chile Police Clash With Activists As Thousands Protest For Free Education – 9 May 2014

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Protesters have clashed with police in the Chilean capital during a mass protest for free education. Tens of thousands of demonstrators flooded the center of Santiago, urging the government to deliver on its promises for educational reform.

Chile’s first mass demonstration of the year, calling for educational reform, ended in clashes with police and violence. Hooded youths hijacked the peaceful protest, setting fire to a jeep and hurling Molotov cocktails at police officers, five of whom were injured. Activists also attempted to block the streets by constructing makeshift barricades.

Police retaliated, using water cannon and tear gas to disperse crowds of protesters.

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