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Country ... Chile
Chile rising ... the issue of education

Fault Lines follows Chile's student protest movement and examines the underlying issues driving the anger.

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Peter Burgess

Chile rising Fault Lines follows Chile's student protest movement and examines the underlying issues driving the anger.

Chilean students have taken over schools and city streets in the largest protests the country has seen in decades.

The students are demanding free education, and an end to the privatisation of their schools and universities. The free-market based approach to education was implemented by the military dictator Augusto Pinochet in his last days in power.

The protests are causing a political crisis for Sebastian Pinera, the country's president. But what are the underlying issues driving the anger?

As the demonstrations in Chile coincide with protests erupting globally, Fault Lines follows the Chilean student movement during their fight in a country plagued by economic inequality.


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