AFP - Thousands of students and Chilean students demonstrated Wednesday near the parliament in Valparaiso (west) to demand a reform of education, a march punctuated by clashes with the police, while student leaders were received by members.
The demonstrators, according to their estimated 30,000, 6,000 according to police, have crippled the coastal city of Valparaiso (120 km west of Santiago), seat of the bicameral Congress, when it was debating the 2012 budget of Education .
The main leaders of the student movement mobilized in May, Vallejo and Camila Giorgio Jackson, were received in commissions in the House of Deputies and the Senate, where they emphasized the gap between their expectations and budget proposals.
"We have clearly said that the State must assume a new role in public education, should be responsible for regulating the private system, or anything that is preparing the budget is not going in that direction," said Camila Vallejo .
Outside the event in all peaceful ended with clashes when a group of protesters tried to force access to Parliament, protected by a large-scale police.
The police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse mobs of young masked by hoods or hoods. She has conducted at least a dozen arrests, according to police sources quoted by local media.
Students, teachers and students have been asking for six months the radical reform of an education system two-tier public-private: they require increased resources including the public, which the State has withdrawn in the 1980s, as part liberal policies of the dictatorship (1973-1990).
They ask, immediately, a significant increase in the education budget, now less than 5% of GDP, and feel inadequate increase (+7.2%) proposed by the government.
Dialogue begun in October between the executive and students is at a standstill, and the massive mobilizations continue, bringing together several times hundreds of thousands of people: the next is scheduled for 17-18 November in Santiago.
Nevertheless, the presence of the student leaders in Congress, a body they do not consider contact so far, has been hailed as a "significant step" by Patricio Melero, President (right) of the Chamber of Deputies.
"The changes begin by changing the laws, and it is parliamentarians who change the laws to the majority. This is explained to the Confederation of Chilean students," he added.