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Chile: Police Clash With Student Protestors Over Educational Reforms

August 5, 2011 By Staff

Today in Latin America

Top Story — Chilean police clashed with protesters on Thursday, in a confrontation that led to at least 552 detentions and 29 police injuries. The incident was the latest in a series of protests and student strikes that has dragged on since May. President Sebastián Piñera has made two proposals to reform the education system, but continues to encounter resistance from the student groups. The education protests have sent Piñera’s approval ratings tumbling to 26 percent, according to a poll released yesterday by CEP. The figure marks the lowest level a president has attained since Chile transitioned back to Democracy in 1990.

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