Police armed with water cannon clash with demonstrating students in Santiago as they call for education reforms. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Chilean police clashed with student demonstrators in Santiago on Thursday as they took to the streets to demand education reforms and the right to demonstrate. Students from the coordinator of secondary students (ACES), took to the streets without obtaining a protest permit and marched down the main avenue in downtown Santiago known as La Alameda, local media reported. Police armed with riot gear used water cannons to try and break up the protesters. Demonstrators responded by hurling rocks and sticks back at the police. Official figures on the number of arrests have yet to be released, local media reported. Students organizations said they were also protesting over excessive police force used to repress a demonstration in Valparaiso on May 21. Local media reported, a Catholic University student, Rodrigo Aviles, remains in critical condition and that other youths were brutally beaten by the police. Student groups have been demanding educational reforms for years and have gained several victories recently. The ongoing demonstrations have dragged on the popularity of President Michelle Bachelet just as they did her predecessor, Sebastian Pinera.