Aug. 12 - Riot police use water cannon and tear gas to disperse student protests over higher education costs in Santiago, Chile. Lindsey Parietti reports.
Students in Santiago, Chile protest against the rising cost of education. Some blocked traffic and skirmished with police, who responded with water cannons on Thursday. Another group held a vigil outside the presidential palace. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) UNIDENTIFIED STUDENT PROTESTER SAYING: "We've all seen the images these days of great repression by the police. Well this is the way this government resolves the education crisis-- with repression." Students have been gathering for weeks to demand affordable education, unsatisfied by President Sebastian Pinera's offers of a $4 billion higher education fund and reforms. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SEBASTIAN PINERA, CHILEAN PRESIDENT, SAYING: "We would all like education, healthcare and many other things to be free for all, but I want to remind you that, when all is said and done, nothing in life is free. Someone has to pay." Pinera's popularity rating has plunged to 30 percent amid the protests, making him Chile's least popular leader in two decades. The unrelenting calls for education reform are also hindering the rest of Pinera's agenda. Lindsey Parietti, Reuters