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Chile...Riots:100.000 protesters clash with police in Santiago

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Chile...Riots:100.000 protesters clash with police in Santiago
SANTIAGO, Aug 9, 2011 - Chilean riot police fired tear gas and used water cannons Tuesday to disperse violent protesters on the fringe of an otherwise peaceful student demonstration in the capital Santiago.

Tens of thousands of teachers, students, parents and sympathetic labor activists marched in downtown Santiago for the fifth time in two months to demand reforms from the conservative government of President Sebastian Pinera.

Police said some 60,000 people marched. Organizers put the number closer to 100,000.

Students want the state to take over the public school system, where 90 percent of the country’s 3.5 million students are educated. It is currently run by local authorities, which protesters say results in deep inequalities.

Chile has the highest per capita income of any country in Latin America, but the Andean nation also has the most skewed income disparity in the region.

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