Demonstrators hurl rocks at police in riot gear after being ousted from a government building they had been occupying over education funding. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Violent clashes erupted between Uruguayan police and members of student and teachers' unions on Tuesday (September 22) as demonstrators were removed from a government building they had occupied to demand more education funding in addition to pay rises for state-employed educators. Demonstrators hurled rocks and other projectiles at police in riot gear armed with shields and batons. Seven officials and five protesters were injured and 12 people were arrested, including 11 men and one woman, according to local reports. The unions had occupied the National Administration of Public Education (ANEP) to protest what they say are insufficient resources placed into state education by President Tabare Vazquez's government. Authorities said police were ordered to evacuate the building because protesters had prevented state employees from reaching their offices. Interior Minister Eduardo Bonomi, denied police aggression. He said that protesting students left the building as ordered and that the violence was initiated by activist group Plenaria Memoria y Justicia (Memory and Justice Plenary). The government sustains that educators' salaries have grown considerably since 2005 under the ruling centre-left Frente Amplio (Broad Front) coalition. It adds that a current bill under parliamentary consideration would raise the salaries of teachers and professors considerably in relation to other state employees. The unions have rejected this account, however, and called marches, strikes and further occupations.