Chilean students march to pressure Bachelet on promised reforms




 
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Chilean students march to pressure Bachelet on promised reforms
 
May 8th, 2014  
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Chilean students march to pressure Bachelet on promised reforms
Thousands of students marched through the Chilean capital on Thursday for the first time since President Michelle Bachelet took power, ratcheting up the pressure on her to fulfill her campaign pledges to overhaul education in the country. The previous administration of conservative Sebastian Pinera was blighted by dozens of angry and sometimes violent protests by students demanding that changes be made to the privatized education system established under ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet. Center-left Bachelet, who took power in March, built her electoral campaign around promises to provide better and free education, paid for by a tax reform currently passing through Congress. But student leaders said on Thursday that there was still not enough clarity on what changes would be made.




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