In Chile, Students' Anger at Tuition Debt Fuels Protests and a National Debate

In Chile, Students' Anger at Tuition Debt Fuels Protests and a National Debate 1

Michael Jones, Novus Select, for The Chronicle

The police used a water cannon to disperse protesters on the streets of Santiago this month as students continued four months of demonstrations to demand affordable higher education in Chile.

Thursday at lunchtime, and the area around the University of Chile's engineering faculty is a veritable battlefield. Strewn garbage burns on the streets, and the sting of tear gas fills the air. Armored police vehicles come flying around corners toward taunting students, who pelt them with rocks.

The riot police charge, and bystanders hide in their doorways. In the background is the incongruous yet constant beat of a percussion section on the building's roof.

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