Chile: Wave of Protests

Santiago de Chile,  (Prensa Latina) After a vain attempt to placate the rebelliousness of the student movement, Chile is approaching another week of social movements against privatization policies.

Just in the last hours, the Confederation of Students of Chile (CONFECH) officially confirmed its rejection of the Executive proposals for Higher Education, arguing that they deepen the neoliberal model and moreover emphasize profit and social exclusion.

“Here are two different views, one that is the culture of money, and the other is how to foster a system of public education for the development of the country,” said Camila Vallejo, president of the Student Federation of the University of Chile and CONFECH leader.

The student movement, which has become a political force in Chile, pointed out that in the government’s view the conflict is only about the need of injecting funding to places of study, without taking into account that the demands have a profoundly political and social character, more so than economic.

To face this problem, said Chilean students, what is needed is a state truly committed to education as a social right.

CONFECH closed its message with the ratification of the call to the citizen’s strike on July 14th, a demonstration already joined by high school students and the College of Teachers.

That same day, simultaneous demonstrations will take place in the main ports of the South American country to demand better working conditions.

On Monday, July 11, the Confederation of Copper Workers called for a work strike on a date coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the nationalization of this mineral, decreed by the government of Salvador Allende (1970-1973).

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