Protests Continue In Chile

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News Americas, SANTIAGO, Chile, Thurs. Aug. 25, 2011: A national strike entered day-two in Chile Wednesday with protesters barricading roads and burning tires in parts of the capital.

At least 18 flaming barricades were set up early on Wednesday morning, according to the Telam news service and police responded with tear gas and water cannons.

The strike, which was called for by Chile’s main umbrella labor union in support of a massive demonstration movement for better access to cheaper and higher-quality education, started slow.

President Sebastian Pinera is fast becoming unpopular. The government said the strike would cost Chile about $200 m each day.

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