Chile

More Education protests


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Anything between 30,000 and 50,000 students marched once more in the streets of Santiago yesterday to continue their campaign to reduce private sector involvement in education and bring back government involvement.

Meanwhile President Sebastián Piñera has announced a new tax regime which will bring in an estimated additional $700 million which will be used to provide subsidies to less well-off students.

The scheme has been criticised by the students, who have been demonstrating over the past year, for education to be removed from the private sector and put back into the hands of the public sector, whilst the opposition have said that the taxes should come from big companies that have benefitted from the export boom in mining products (especially copper) over the past few years.

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