// SOLIDARITY DEMONSTRATION AT CHILEAN EMBASSY!
// 12.30PM, MONDAY 3RD JULY
// ASSEMBLE OUTSIDE 12, DEVONSHIRE STREET, LONDON, W1N 2DS - NEAREST TUBE IS GREAT PORTLAND STREET.
* IF POSSIBLE PLEASE BRING BANNERS, PLACARDS, FLYERS & NOISE! *
Quote from NarcoNews, 9th June: "800,000 high school and college students currently persist in a fourth (N.B. Now longer!) week of strikes throughout Chile while student leaders attempt to reach an agreement with the Ministry of Education over their complex set of demands. What began in May as set of requests for free id cards, public transportation and more accessible prices for Chile’s college entrance exam has since grown into the largest mobilization the country has seen since the protests that ended military rule in the late eighties. Secondary school students on strike were joined by university students last week as both an act of solidarity and a way to push their own demands. While university student are participating in strikes and marches the face of the movement and the force behind it are los secudarios - secondary school students, age 13-18. A poll taken following Monday’s general nation-wide strike shows that the secondary school movement enjoys an 87 percent approval rating from their compatriots, while only 16 percent of Chileans support the presidency’s response to the mobilization. With this political leverage in hand, the generation that was born into a democratic, post-Pinochet Chile is demanding a reform of education policies created by the dictatorship that remain in place today. This year the price of copper hit record levels, producing a large trade and budget surplus for the government. This raised Chileans’ expectations for what the newly elected executive government can and should provide in response to their demands. Workers in the health field also went on strike last week, inquiring about resources owed to them by government. In Valparaíso, employees of LIDER, Chile’s largest department store, marched alongside students during Monday’s general strike. Also present were several indigenous Mapuches bearing their nation’s flag, who were thanked for their presence and offered solidarity with their political prisoners in a speech by student leaders."
"Students have occupied 46.7 percent of secondary schools throughout the country in the last two weeks. Although inside their schools student have received more petty threats from neo-nazi groups than they have from police, on the streets of Santiago the “special armed forces,” or riot cops, have reacted harshly to student protests. Over 1,000 students have been arrested in Santiago in the past two weeks and police have used their traditional tactics of tear gas and tanks equipped with contaminated water to force protestors away from a march or action. Despite president Michelle Bachelet’s dismissal of the chief of police responsible for ordering acts of police brutality that occurred on May 30th, violence has persisted in the capital. While student leaders in Santiago requested that students remain in their schools for the Monday’s national strike in order to avoid potential police conflicts, 20,000 took to the streets downtown. Behind the locked the gates of their schools, students have been organizing both the practical aspects of living on campus and caring for each others’ needs, as well as the future of their movement. They take turns shopping, cooking, sleeping in the schools and soliciting donations for food. A vast majority of the youths’ time is spent in discussion of the movement’s course and in the basic maintenance of cleaning and caring for their school."
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// SEE YA ON THE STREETS!