Student Strike Announced in Chile

Santiago de Chile, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The Student Federation of Chile announced a national strike for Wednesday if the Government”s silence on their demands in defense of public education continues in the next hours.

The presidents of the university federations, who are supported by the Association of Teachers of Chile, said they will radicalize their protests against privatization and the exclusive model that prevails in the country.

According to the state university leaders and renowned scholars, the injection of resources to public education institutions and regulation of the private educational field are urgent.

University leaders from the cities of Valparaiso, Concepcion and Talca also expressed their commitment to the national day of protest.

According to the Chilean magazine Punto Final, mass demonstrations called by the Federation of Students in the last month reflect a deep critique against the economic, social and cultural model originated in the military regime of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990).

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