10,000 Chileans Protest Privatization of Education System

At least 10,000 university students mobilized on May 16 in cities across Chile to protest an Education Ministry proposal that they say would amount to a privatization of the government-funded scholarship system. The protests also commemorated the May 1999 death of Tarapaca University student protester Daniel Menco, shot
in the face by riot police.

At least 10,000 university students mobilized on May 16 in cities across Chile to protest an Education Ministry proposal that they say would amount to a privatization of the government-funded scholarship system. The protests also commemorated the May 1999 death of Tarapaca University student protester Daniel Menco, shot
in the face by riot police. [Weekly News Update on the Americas]

Following a march by 6,000 university students in Santiago, Carabineros Special Forces agents entered the campus of the Metropolitan
Technological University (UTEM)–without permission from the rector–where they arrested 47 students and professor Juan Carlos Alduna, director of student affairs. One professor and one
student were reported injured.

In Temuco, some 2,000 students marched to the governor’s office; afterwards some of the marchers joined another group of university students who were protesting the May 15 police shooting of Mapuche activists in Tirua.

A group of about 50 students had earlier seized an office of the government’s National Corporation of Indigenous Development (CONADI) in Temuco
to protest the Mapuche shooting; two students were arrested when Carabineros forcibly evicted the protesters. [La Tercera 5/17/01]

More university student protests were held on May 17: about 30 students were arrested in clashes with police in Valparaiso; in Antofagasta, some 500 students blocked the road leading out of the city, while others vandalized property and two were arrested; and in Talcahuano 49 students were arrested. [LT 5/18/01]

Author: Nicaragua Solidarity Network of NY

News Service: Weekly News Update on the Americas, Issue #590

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