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Chilean students invade Senate demanding referendum

Chilean students have stormed into a Senate committee room, in the latest protest of their months-long push for free education.

The activists left several hours later, after opposition lawmakers promised to introduce a bill calling for a referendum.

Outside the building, police used water cannon to disperse hundreds of other protesters.

The government has rejected the students' calls for fully funded, state-run education for all, but promised around $4bn (£2.6bn) in extra funding.

Liliet Heredero reports.

  • 21 Oct 2011
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