Repression by Police Follows Chile’s Student Movement into 2012

A new round of unrest in gripping Chile. Students have taken to the streets once again after the expulsions of students who participated in the school occupations of 2011 that were challenging a for profit education system that is a relic of the Pinochet dictatorship.

Today’s protests followed violence by security forces yesterday directed against students as you will see below:

But just like yesterday, today’s protests were also met with violence by the police who subjected crowds to tear gas barrages:

In light of this brutality, it is entirely expected and legitimate for students to have called on the interior minister to resign for both his handling of the student protests and the crackdown on the indigenous people of Chile.

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