Clashes have broken out in Santiago after a student protest against education reforms launched by Michelle Bachelet's government. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NATURAL (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Clashes erupted in Santiago on Thursday (June 23) as students protesting the Chilean government's education policies clashed with police. At about midday when a peaceful protest was about to end, about 30 hooded demonstrators started throwing rocks at officers who responded with tear gas and water cannon. The clashes erupted as student leaders were on stage making their speeches. Students are demonstrating against what they feel are a slow pace of education reforms by the center-left government of President Michelle Bachelet. Local media quoted Bachelet urging those organising the march to ensure the capital did not have to face damage or destruction. 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.