Chilean Student Meets Force Of The Chilean State During Education Demo

Chilean Student Meets Force Of The Chilean State During Education Demo

Photo by Marianne Fuentealba

Chile has one of the most highly privatized – and criticized – education systems in the world. Last week, between 150,000 and 200,000 people took to the streets of Santiago de Chile to demonstrate for education reform.

The march on Thursday 11th April was the biggest in the city since the student mobilizations of 2011.

The demonstration remained peaceful almost until its completion. Unfortunately, a few pockets of isolated violence prompted a forceful response from the country’s notoriously aggressive police force.

A photographer colleague of mine, Marianne Fuentealba, snapped this shot after the violence broke out. It is almost an exact replica of the photo that inspired me to start this blog.

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