Aug. 5 - Protesters and police clash on the streets of Chile's capital as polls show the nation's president the least popular leader in two decades. Paul Chapman reports.
Santiago was one of several cities across Chile to witness scenes of growing unrest. Police in the capital used water cannon and tear gas to break up this protest in the Chilean capital. The demonstrators blockaded roads and lit fires. Students demanding cheaper and better state education led the demonstrations. There were several arrests. The government didn't authorise this latest protest after warning the demonstrations had gone on long enough. The National College of Teachers president is accusing the government of trying to divert attention from their cause. SOUNDBITE: Jaime Gajardo, president of the National College of Teachers, saying (Spanish): "The authorities are trying to manipulate the situation so that the profile of all the debates about education is minimised. That's what the government wants - they want the discussion here today to be about the violence, the injured, the excessive use of force and not about education and Chile wants to talk about education." Chile's economy is growing strongly and drawing investors but many ordinary Chileans don't feel they're sharing in the national boom. Polls now show President Sebastian Pinera as the least popular leader in two decades since the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. Paul Chapman, Reuters