Yesterday, Wedensday, May 16, 100,000 students and supporters marched in Santiago in the protest organized by the Confederation of University Students of Chile (Confech).
Confech spokesperson and president of the Student Federation of the Universidad de Chile (FECh) Gabriel Boric said that the students would continue to march until the entire education system was changed, and they would not “conform to the corrections you [the government] make.” Undoubtedly, he was speaking of recent government proposals to provide state-sponsored, rather than bank-sponsored, student loans at low interest rates to be paid off when students begin working and according to their income. This was one of Confech’s main demands, but as Boric said, it is merely part of a much larger transformation that must take place.
For more on the most recent student protests, see my piece from May 15 on the April march and the memory of neoliberalism in the extraordinary and the everyday.
For an enlightening perspective on last spring’s (U.S. fall) protests, see Scott Crago’s piece on the student protests as a window gender, ethnicity, and social issues in Chile.