Santiago de Chile, Sep 9 (EFE).- A strong police deployment was seen Friday in the center of Santiago to disperse hundreds of secondary school students who demonstrated for the fourth consecutive day.
Throughout the day, marches were called on the Alameda and Avenida Providencia, two of the main thoroughfares in the center of the capital, and massive evasions in the Santiago Metro.
Protesters came to the Plaza Baquedano sector, epicenter of the protests of the 2019 social outbreak, to make demands such as the improvement of study conditions or a new constituent assembly, after the triumph of the “rejection” in the constitutional plebiscite Sunday.
“Education is revolution,” “For a new constituent process” or “Dignity” were some of the slogans displayed on posters and banners during the protest, called by the Revolutionary Secondary School Coordinator and other anti-capitalist student organizations.
Students demand “minimum conditions to study,” better internet access, better infrastructure, free transportation, paid and insured practices and tools, universal access to university, comprehensive sex education and the repeal of the “safe classroom law.”
Police intervened at various times during the day with water cannons and pepper spray. Shortly before 6pm, when a larger gathering was planned in Plaza Baquedano, the police evicted demonstrators who had previously arrived at the place, with the marches in the early afternoon.
The police intervention and the confrontations between protesters and security officers lasted more than an hour in Plaza Baquedano and its surroundings. EFE