Students protesting the Chilean government's education policies clashed with police, with some throwing rocks at officers who responded with tear gas and a water cannon. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Clashes erupted in Santiago on Thursday (May 26) as students protesting the Chilean government's education policies clashed with police. Demonstrators threw rocks at officers who responded with tear gas and water cannon. The student protest was not authorized by local authorities. Thursday's violence came just a day after protesting students had been forcibly removed by guards from the presidential palace after they had entered disguised as tourists. Students are demonstrating against what they feel are a slow pace of education reforms by the center-left government of President Michelle Bachelet. Bachelet, who began her second non-consecutive presidential term in 2014, campaigned on a slew of reforms that included shaking up Chile's highly privatized education system and making university free of charge. Although some education reforms have been passed already, students complain others are taking too long and do not go far enough. They also feel as though they have not been sufficiently consulted.