Police arrested a demonstrator dressed as Santa Claus during protests in  Santiago, Chile. Protesters demanded changes in education  funding.

Police arrested a demonstrator dressed as Santa Claus during protests in Santiago, Chile. Protesters demanded changes in education funding.

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A student was sprayed with water during a protest in Valparaiso, Chile,  Wednesday. Thousands of students marched through the streets to demand  greater funding for public education.

A student was sprayed with water during a protest in Valparaiso, Chile, Wednesday. Thousands of students marched through the streets to demand greater funding for public education.

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A column of steam rose from the Hudson volcano, as seen from a flight  near Coihaique, Chile, about 1,025 miles south of Santiago, on Thursday.  Chile said on Wednesday it was evacuating residents from around the  volcano in the country’s far south.

A column of steam rose from the Hudson volcano, as seen from a flight near Coihaique, Chile, about 1,025 miles south of Santiago, on Thursday. Chile said on Wednesday it was evacuating residents from around the volcano in the country’s far south.

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Demonstrators rallying for education reform carried large stones as they clashed with police in Santiago, Chile, Thursday. Police responded with water cannons and tear gas.

Demonstrators rallying for education reform carried large stones as they clashed with police in Santiago, Chile, Thursday. Police responded with water cannons and tear gas.

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A student shouted slogans through a plastic banner during a rally to  demand changes in the public-education system in Santiago, Chile.

A student shouted slogans through a plastic banner during a rally to demand changes in the public-education system in Santiago, Chile.

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Under-Reported Story of the Week: Protests in Chile. The protests have been about a wide range of issues with the government but have centered around and been dominated by student protests about education issues. Thousands at a time have been marching through the streets of the capital of Santiago and in other cities throughout the country in recent days. The primary demand of the student protesters is a free public education system for all in Chile. They are joined by parents, teachers, and regular members of the community.

Yesterday, students of the Metropolitan Technological University in Santiago set up a flaming street barricade and clashed with police. In past days, the number arrested is nearly 1000. A BBC article calls these demonstrations, especially the night-time cacerolazos (“saucepan protests”) reminiscent of pro-democracy protests against General Pinochet in the 80s. 

Today, the students received a verbal chiding from President Sebastian Pinera as he signed into law a bill meant to appease them. 

We all want education, healthcare, and many more things for free, but I want to remind them that nothing is free in this life. Someone has to pay.

Opposition to Pinera, the first conservative president since Pinochet left power, is growing. Unions representing public sector workers and copper miners have vowed to join the students. His popularity is dropping with the protests in the past months, reaching an all-time low of 26% in a poll published last week. That’s the lowest rating for a Chilean president since 1990.

A protest against the Santiago mayor is being organized for August 16th and another massive protest also in Santiago for September 3rd. Organizers are hoping to draw half a million people.

Read news articles at Al Jazeera, Merco Press, and the BBC.

Photos: Banging pots and pans in caceralazos via Merco Press; students put up a fiery street barricade via Al Jazeera; thousands march in protest, Hector Retamel/AFP; protests in Santiago, AP via Merco Press

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A demonstrator tried to escape a jet of water sprayed from a riot police vehicle during a rally to demand changes in the public state education system in Santiago, Chile.

A demonstrator tried to escape a jet of water sprayed from a riot police vehicle during a rally to demand changes in the public state education system in Santiago, Chile.

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The Nahuel Huapi Lake pier of Puerto Arauco was covered by sand and  volcanic ash Friday, as the region continued to suffer the results of  the eruption of the Chilean Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano in southern  Argentina. The volcano began erupting June 4 after lying dormant for  decades.

The Nahuel Huapi Lake pier of Puerto Arauco was covered by sand and volcanic ash Friday, as the region continued to suffer the results of the eruption of the Chilean Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano in southern Argentina. The volcano began erupting June 4 after lying dormant for decades.

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A passerby takes a newspaper headlining the rescue of trapped miners in Chile in London, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010. Plane crashes, terror threats, oil spills, toxic leaks. The TV news diet is often dire, rarely joyous. And then there were the pictures Wednesday of brave, dignified miners who had been trapped beneath the ground for more than two months being brought to the surface, to breathe fresh air and to hug their loved-ones. Communications technology — including live video from within the mine — turned the entire world into a global village hoping for the safe release of men they did not know and would probably never meet. (AP Photo/Lennart Preiss)

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A passerby takes a newspaper headlining the rescue of trapped miners in Chile in London, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010. Plane crashes, terror threats, oil spills, toxic leaks. The TV news diet is often dire, rarely joyous. And then there were the pictures Wednesday of brave, dignified miners who had been trapped beneath the ground for more than two months being brought to the surface, to breathe fresh air and to hug their loved-ones. Communications technology — including live video from within the mine — turned the entire world into a global village hoping for the safe release of men they did not know and would probably never meet. (AP Photo/Lennart Preiss)

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Over two months have passed since the August 5th collapse of the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile, when 33 miners were trapped 700 meters (2,300 ft) below ground. The men were kept alive over that time by supplies delivered through narrow holes drilled down to them, and kept hope through video conferences with family - until last night, when the first of the 33 miners was successfully lifted to the surface in a specially-designed rescue capsule. Friends and relatives, many of whom had camped nearby for months, slowly let their cautious optimism become joy as they were reunited with their loved ones. As of this writing, 13 of the 33 men have made it safely to the surface.

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Relatives and friends of rescued miner Mario Gomez  react while watching his rescue on a TV screen at the relatives camp  outside the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile, Wednesday Oct. 13, 2010.

Relatives and friends of rescued miner Mario Gomez react while watching his rescue on a TV screen at the relatives camp outside the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile, Wednesday Oct. 13, 2010.

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