Chile student protests: Sides assess next moves as confrontation ends for summer

Camila Vallejo, leader of the student protests (photo:dpa)
Camila Vallejo, leader of the student protests (photo:dpa)

Long-term student protests in Chile, which have cost more than US$2 million in damage to the streets of Santiago, have ended for the summer holidays. But there is little sign of peace as the students demand free education for all and reject compromise from the politicians. The students have gained worldwide backing but in Chile their confrontational style gets little support at home.

STUDENTS and politicians in Chile are reassessing their strategies in a confrontation which has mobilised public opinion and attracted world attention.

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The occupation of buildings at the University of Chile for most of the 2011 academic year ended as s...

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