Chilean Students Refuse Talks with Congress

14.08.2011 - Santiago - Prensa Latina

The announcement was made by Camila Vallejo, president of the Federation of Chilean Students (FECH), at the end of a general meeting of the Confederation of Students (CONFECH).

Vallejo said that the possibility of talks depended on the government response to student demands, and that the student mobilizations would continue.

She said demonstrations have been scheduled through late August, and will be extended until to the second semester if they fail to get any response from the Sebastian Piñera administration.

She recalled the call for a national strike on Aug. 18 was also backed by the Chilean Workers Central (CUT), which organized similar actions for August 24 and 25, to be joined by students.

The movement of demonstrations for a free, quality, non-for-profit education has been rocking the country for nearly three months, and is currently backed by other groups of the society. They went beyond universities and schools to the streets of Santiago, the capital, and have now been spread to other cities.

The Chilean education system is one of the most unequal and most expensive in the world.

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