SANTIAGO – Organizations representing Chilean high school students said on Wednesday they will proceed with a protest march in Santiago even though authorities rejected the proposed route.
The administration of the Santiago metropolitan region refused to issue a permit to the ACES and Cones groups to mount a procession on Thursday.
The announcement from ACES and Cones came a day after scores of high school and university students entered La Moneda palace, the seat of Chile’s government, to stage a protest in favor of free, high-quality public education.
While President Michelle Bachelet is pursuing educational reform, student organizations say her plan falls short of a thorough overhaul of a system still marked by the legacy of the 1973-1990 Augusto Pinochet dictatorship.
Two weeks ago, some 80,000 students took part in a march in Santiago to demand drastic change to Chile’s educational regime.