Police armed with tear gas and water cannon clash with as many as 150,000 demonstrating students and teachers in Santiago as they call for education reforms. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Chilean police clashed with demonstrators organized by student and teachers' groups in Santiago on Thursday (May 14) as they took to the streets to demand education reforms. Groups representing university and secondary students as well as teachers' groups said as many as 150,000 people joined them in the demonstration as they marched down the main avenue in downtown Santiago known as La Almaeda. Police armed with riot gear used water cannon and tear gas to try and break up the massive crowd. Demonstrators, some wearing hoods and covering their faces, responded by hurling the tear gas canisters and other projectiles back at the police. Several people were injured in the violence and treated for tear gas inhalation. A handful of demonstrators were also taken into police custody during the demonstrations. Student groups said they were calling on the Education Ministry to be more transparent on public financing of schools which they said should bypass local governments and come directly from the national government. The ongoing demonstrations have dragged on the popularity of President Michelle Bachelet just as they did her predecessor, Sebastian Pinera.