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Project June 24, 2013

Chile's Youth Response

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Failing public schools, expensive private universities that don't offer affordable loans and an unresponsive government are all fuel for hundreds of thousands of Chilean students taking to the streets in massive protests. These demonstrations have resulted in arrests, fighting, and even deaths—violence between the police and students is a common occurrence representing a much deeper problem than is visible on the surface.

The relationship that Chileans have with their government and police is starkly different from what is experienced in the United States. Why is the youth response so violent? And how will it affect the education revolution? This project examines under-reported reality: The government of Chile is facing the biggest cry for revolutionary change since the Pinochet era—education as a citizen's right.

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