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Students in Chile Protest for Education Reform
Written by María Angélica MarínTranslated by Belen Garcia Araya On 12 May 2014 @ 20:00 pm | No Comments
In Chile, Citizen Media, Latin America, Protest, Spanish, Weblog
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The first march for education during the current government of President Michelle Bachelet took place on May 8, 2014, with due prior authorization.
The demonstration counted on the participation of several groups. Among them were Student Confederation of Chile (Confech ), National High School Students Assembly (ACES ), National High School Students Coordinator (Cones ), Movement of Higher Education Students (Mesup ), Organization of Private Higher Education Federations (Ofesup ) and Association of Ministry of Education Officers (Andime ).
The march demanded a free quality education as well as active participation in the reform, which is currently being studied. The newspaper La Tercera reported:
Marcha estudiantil: ¿Qué está en juego? Pdta de la Feuc dice que estudiantes quieren “participación en la reforma” http://t.co/kkESMigWrC 
— La Tercera (@latercera) May 8, 2014 
Student march, what is at stake here? President of Feuc says students want “participation in the reform”.
The march was simultaneously carried out in the capital city Santiago and several other locations in the country. Participation and presence of an important number of students was noticed:
— René Naranjo S. (@renenaranjo) May 8, 2014 
It's good to see that the student march was massive in Santiago and other regions. United for a new education that builds a better Chile.
— Radio Villa Francia (@rvfradiopopular) April 24, 2014 
Thousands of young people participate in the first student march of the year in Concepción.
Unfortunately, in some places the marches were overshadowed by disturbances, mostly caused by people other than students and who had nothing to do with their demands.
Naschla Aburman, president of Feuc, labeled  these disturbances as “isolated incidents” and stated that there are things that are outside of the responsibility of the organizers.
Twitter users expressed their opinion regarding these facts, spreading images and information about the consequences:
AHORA: Intendente @orrego  dice que “no hubo ningún incidente” durante marcha estudiantil. Sí “violentistas organizados” al final de ella
— Mauricio Bustamante (@tv_mauricio) May 8, 2014 
NOW: Governor Orrego says “there haven't been any incidents” during the student march. However, there were “organized violent people” at the end of it.
— Cooperativa (@Cooperativa) May 8, 2014 
Universidad Central reported damages around 20 million pesos [about 36,000 US dollars] after the student march.
General Ricardo Solar informa que el número de detenidos tras la marcha estudiantil son 101
— La Tercera (@latercera) May 8, 2014 
General Ricardo Solar reports that the number of people under arrest after the student march is 101.
— Rodrigo Gacitúa G (@RGacitua_G) May 8, 2014 
Romina, I am a student, and I agree with the peaceful march, but these groups are organized
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URLs in this post:
 NOtodoesARTE: https://www.flickr.com/photos/notodoesarte/2533143174
 Confech: http://www.elmostrador.cl/pais/2014/04/28/confech-se-suma-a-marcha-del-8-de-mayo-y-acusa-discurso-contradictorio-de-eyzaguirre/
 ACES: http://www.nodo50.org/aces/
 Cones: http://www.latercera.com/noticia/nacional/2014/04/680-573099-9-cones-adhiere-a-marcha-convocada-por-la-aces-y-confech-definira-este-sabado-si.shtml
 Mesup: http://mesup.wordpress.com/
 Ofesup: https://es-la.facebook.com/OFESUP
 Andime: http://www.andime.cl/
 http://t.co/kkESMigWrC: http://t.co/kkESMigWrC
 May 8, 2014: https://twitter.com/latercera/statuses/464363736351125504
 #Santiago: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Santiago&src=hash
 #Chile: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Chile&src=hash
 May 8, 2014: https://twitter.com/renenaranjo/statuses/464457363899310080
 #Concepción: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Concepci%C3%B3n&src=hash
 http://t.co/Tu0LiT2jIT: http://t.co/Tu0LiT2jIT
 @biobio: https://twitter.com/biobio
 April 24, 2014: https://twitter.com/rvfradiopopular/statuses/459393701525999616
 Iquique: http://www.lanacion.cl/noticias/pais/nacional/en-regiones-tambien-salieron-a-las-calles-por-la-educacion/2014-05-08/161800.html
 Valparaíso: http://www.biobiochile.cl/2014/05/08/en-vivo-con-presencia-de-karol-cariola-y-camila-vallejo-realizan-marcha-estudiantil-en-valparaiso.shtml
 Valdivia: http://www.rioenlinea.cl/index.php/educacion/4404-dos-mil-personas-participaron-en-marcha-estudiantil-en-valdivia
 labeled: http://www.prensaescrita.com/adiario.php?codigo=AME&pagina=http://www.emol.com
 @orrego: https://twitter.com/Orrego
 May 8, 2014: https://twitter.com/tv_mauricio/statuses/464538173520232449
 http://t.co/FzRaeoNUa8: http://t.co/FzRaeoNUa8
 pic.twitter.com/bFNv4ACkKL: http://t.co/bFNv4ACkKL
 May 8, 2014: https://twitter.com/Cooperativa/statuses/464537171886882817
 May 8, 2014: https://twitter.com/latercera/statuses/464535512569888768
 @romina_ms: https://twitter.com/romina_ms
 @CNNChile: https://twitter.com/CNNChile
 May 8, 2014: https://twitter.com/RGacitua_G/statuses/464528934416437248
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