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Protesting Chile students disrupt metro after constitution defeat

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Protesting Chile students disrupt metro after constitution defeat
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Santiago Metro temporary suspends operation at various stations amid new protests, days after voters rejected a proposed constitution that had roots in student demonstrations three years ago.

Members of the country's Interior Ministry met to discuss solutions for the renewed protests.
Members of the country’s Interior Ministry met to discuss solutions for the renewed protests.
(Reuters Archive)

Chilean students have protested in
several subway stations in the capital, demanding
reforms to the education system days after voters rejected a
proposed constitution that had roots in student demonstrations
three years ago.

Early on Wednesday, the Santiago Metro began reporting
temporary suspensions at various stations in its network due to
the presence of young people protesting inside and outside
facilities.

Although the protests were peaceful, with no reports of
violent action, they recalled student protests that in October
2019 led to massive and sometimes violent street demonstrations
against inequality in the South American country.

The protests came less than a week after Chileans
overwhelmingly rejected a proposed new constitution in a
referendum on Sunday.

‘Student-generated disorders’

The result led progressive President
Gabriel Boric to reshuffle his cabinet to broaden the
government’s coalition.

Santiago’s Metro system said on its Twitter account that there were service interruptions in at least a dozen stations due to “student-generated disorders.”

In the morning, a group of students also engaged in
skirmishes with the police at a school in downtown Santiago.

Members of the country’s Interior Ministry met this
afternoon to discuss solutions for the protests.

READ MORE:
Chile resoundingly rejects new progressive constitution
Source: Reuters




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