Leaders of the students confederation of Chile, CONFECH, described as "wonderful" the call to march that saw around 200,000 join in renewed demands for education reform. Some violence occurred caused by hooded activists. Chile. 19th October 2011
SANTIAGO .- CONFECH The leaders of the CUT and the Teachers College marches today described as "wonderful" for the high call, which amounted to "303 thousand 150 people" throughout the country. Of these, 200 000 were mobilized through the central streets of the capital, according to data handled by the student leaders.
The owner of the teachers' union, Jaime Gajardo, said "This shows a callousness of the Government, as the demonstrations reflected the discontent of the people."
Gajardo also announced that this Friday will be a national assembly of teachers to "danger" that are not going to pay the salaries of teachers and school grants.
The leader added that reaching a consensus in the Assembly, "will make a national march where we will bring all teachers to La Moneda". Gajardo estimated that this new edition is scheduled for the first week of November.
For its part, the spokeswoman for the CONFECH, Camila Vallejo, said he was impressed by the efforts of the protesters, who help the student leaders "to move on."
"This fight is the future of our country. To build the foundations and the educational system is to ensure free and quality development," said Vallejo, who reiterated several times that today's marches were an act "wonderful."
Regarding the new violence featuring hooded, Gajardo said the government should find "those responsible and take care to avoid these facts police acting disproportionately."
In the same vein, Vallejo said to invoke the State Security Act "is a decision that can not be excessive mixing with the movement."
Finally, it reiterated its call for parliamentarians to approve the budget not related to educational materials and react to the demands of the student movement.