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Thousands of protesters clashed with police on Thursday during a mass student march in Santiago. Students were demanding reforms to the education system and a louder voice in the decision making process a month before the elections on November 17.
Students are demanding that the government give control over the mostly privatized public universities back to the state and make education free. The current Chilean education system dates back to former leader General Pinochet who privatized universities and created a voucher system for primary and secondary school.
Last year President Sebastian Pinera passed education reforms after months of student protests, giving him the lowest approval ratings since the dictatorship ended in 1990. Education has become a key electoral issue for political candidates running for presidency next month.