Student protests end in Violent Clashes and Arrests
Heavy clashes between police and Chilean students demanding education reforms be carried out by president Piñera took place in the capital Santiago. As many as 53 people were reported arrested, 33 of them minors. Chile. 29th September 2011
SANTIAGO .- The metropolitan intendent, Cecilia Perez, held this afternoon the first assessment of the new round of student demonstrations that left 53 prisoners, 33 of them minors.
The demonstrations also finished with four policemen injured and a civilian wounded. Due to the unrest, the authorities showed their displeasure with the board of the CONFECH, whom blamed for not respecting the original route of the march.
"What we saw today was a lack of leadership from the leaders of the student movement in the street. What happened is that I had always had leaders who marches and respected channeled paths. Now not respect, prompting the you saw, "accused Perez.
"Here there is a disruption and breach of the word taken by the authority by the leaders of the student movement, which are consistent week to week tours this intendent of the marches," he added, explaining that while most detainees were apprehended for serious disorders, carrying of knives and simple disorders.
Perez reported that today due to failure to evaluate the continuity of the following permits for marches, but admitted that the Administration has no legal authority to prohibit them.
According to the chief metropolitan disorders are counted among the burned-out car in a street Aldunate and Ekono looting a grocery store, which was assaulted by 30 masked men who left losses of five million pesos.
As for the claims made by the mayor of Santiago, Pablo Zalaquett, who urged the Administration to take responsibility for damage caused by the marches, Perez said the mayor should understand that the body has the power to prohibit a march or bear the costs arising from the wreckage.