‘End the Debt’: Chilean students throw rocks at police over education fees

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Tens of thousands of students marched through Santiago expressing their anger over education fee debts on Tuesday, clashes with police ensued. Protesters could be seen throwing rocks and objects at the armoured police vehicles who retaliated with water cannons to disperse the crowds. The protest, organised by the Confederation of Students of Chile (Confech), marched under the banner ‘End the Debt’ and demanded the government cancel all debts under the Credit with State Guarantee program (CAE). In 2011 President Michelle Bachelet signed a plan to provide free university education but student movements have slammed the government for failing to live up to its promises. Simultaneous protests were held elsewhere in the country with the total number of students participating estimated by Confech as 250,000.