Chile Students Clash with Police Outside Congress

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Protesting students clash with police outside Congress to demand a higher education budget. The feel the current proposed budget doesn't get a passing grade.

Students in Chile clashed with riot police as they protested outside Congress in Valparaiso, Chile on Wednesday.

They are pushing lawmakers to reject a proposed education budget that falls short of their demands.

Months-long protests by students demanding an overhaul of the education system have often turned the streets of Chilean cities into a battleground.

On Wednesday, students carrying a massive banner pushed through police barricades and were greeted with a stiff jet of water from a water cannon.

Protesters threw rocks and sticks at the vehicle and police later lobbed tear gas to disperse the students.

Students argue the education system is profit-driven and provides poor instruction.

And they accuse unpopular President Sebastian Pinera—a billionaire businessman who took office in March 2010—of misspending the fortune of a copper price boom.

Talks between the government and students have repeatedly failed, and now the students are rejecting the 7.2 percent hike in education spending proposed by Pinera administration.