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Chileans Strike for Second Day

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 2:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Tens of thousands of protesters turned out in Chile’s capital, Santiago, Thursday, on the second day of a two-day national strike to press for education reform. Government officials say at least 42 people were injured during the previous night as protesters clashed with police. Authorities said at least some of the injured were police officers, […]

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Chileans Brace for 2nd Day of Strike for Education Reform

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 2:10 am (UTC-5)
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Protesters in Chile are set for a second day of demonstrations in support of a 48-hour national strike to press for education reform. Government officials say 36 people were injured Wednesday when protesters clashed with police, who were trying to shut down demonstrations in the capital of Santiago. Officials say 348 people were arrested following […]

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Chileans Strike for Education Reform

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 5:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Protesters have barricaded streets and burned tires in Chile’s capital, Santiago, amid a 48-hour strike to press for education reform. Police and protesters clashed Wednesday, as the government tried to shut down demonstrations in some parts of the city. Reports from Santiago say business in most parts of the city was un-interrupted, with public transportation […]

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Chile’s President Proposes Civil Unions Legislation

Posted August 9th, 2011 at 8:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Chile’s conservative president is proposing legislation that would give unmarried partners, including members of the same sex, some of the same rights now enjoyed by married couples. President Sebastian Pinera Tuesday signed the proposal and sent it to the Chilean Congress. Some political opponents of the measure refused to attend the signing event. President Pinera […]

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Street Clashes in Chile During Student Protests

Posted August 9th, 2011 at 7:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Violence erupted on the streets of Chile’s capital Tuesday as tens of thousands of students staged another protest to demand education reform. Riot police used tear gas and water cannon in Santiago as masked demonstrators hurled objects at them and set vehicles on fire. Police estimated that at least 60,000 people massed in the streets […]

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Street Clashes in Chile During Student Protests

Posted August 9th, 2011 at 5:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of students have clashed with police in Chile during protests over President Sebastian Pinera’s education policies. Authorities used tear gas and water cannon Tuesday in Santiago to disperse the demonstrators, who are demanding education reform. Many students have complained about prohibitively expensive education and difficult university entrance requirements. They also say the system is […]

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Chilean Miners Strike Deal; Copper Production to Resume

Posted August 5th, 2011 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Workers at the world’s largest copper mine have agreed to a deal to end a two-week-old strike that stoked fears about global supplies. The workers at Chile’s Escondida approved the agreement with mine owner BHP Billiton Friday, agreeing to take much less in production bonuses than they originally demanded. A union representative said almost 66 […]

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Hundreds Arrested,Several Injured, In Education Protests Across Chile

Posted August 5th, 2011 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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Chilean officials say more than 500 students have been arrested and 14 wounded during protests for education reform in Chile. Police on horseback used used water cannons and tear gas to break up the demonstrations in Santiago on Thursday. Students say the education system in Chile is not funded properly. The protests intensified after President […]

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Chilean Foreign Minister in US for Mine Rescue Exhibit

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 8:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Chilean Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno is in Washington for the opening of a new museum exhibit telling the story of 33 Chilean miners who survived being trapped underground for more than two months. The foreign minister met Wednesday with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the State Department, where both expressed excitement about the […]

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Strike Hits 2nd Chilean Copper Mine

Posted July 30th, 2011 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Workers at one of the world’s top copper mines have gone on strike, raising new concerns about global copper supplies. Miners at Chile’s Collahuasi mine walked off the job Saturday, complaining repeated demands over pay and working conditions have not been met. The Collahuasi mine produces about 3 percent of the world’s copper and the […]

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