It all came to a head when university students asked for their education to be without gouging interest rates or free, rather than, paid for. They got the Governments attention by paralysing the capital city (Santiago) with their protests.
They were heard and the Government scrambled to give in to most of their demands.
They then asked for things outside of education and for a totally free, yet competent, education run by the State (an impossibility by most opinions).
Today they defied the Government by protesting in an area where they were not allowed to protest (in front of the Government building). They were, albeit, given permission to do so, peacefully, protest in a nearby area.
None of their protests have been pacific so far...so why they are given any rights to protest anywhere is beyond common sense.
Young, violent protesters have been arrested, time and time again, yet they are released by incompetent judges the day after their arrests. The majority of the Chilean population backed them up, at first, but most agree that things have gotten way too far now. It is necessary to take back control at some point in time but the Government is too afraid to do so since the right-wing Government of Piñera just got into power after a 20-year hiatus. The last thing they want to do is be kept away from ruling for another 20 years!
The situation has turned ridiculous: Violent students have taken over the city, destroyed private property and asked for demands that have nothing to do with their original peeves only to be afeared by a weak Government.
The students have also been egged on by protests in Europe and the Middle East.
The Government has been afraid to act aggressively since the memory of the ex-dictator's-Pinochet's brutal reign is still in most people's mind.
If the student's movement were asking for student-related rights it would be logical but they have gone way beyond those original demands. They are now also asking for the country's right to it's water and and energy. While they might not be wrong in doing so, they are now taking on a battle that was not originally in their plans. This goes on to show that having a weak Government, in relation to protests, is not a very good idea. Sabre-rattling only goes so far and that is the only thing the Government has been doing.
The whole messy situation has been building up for some time now since underage thugs have been getting away with way too many criminal acts due to their age and laws that cannot jail them due to such: An adult is an adult only when he/she turns 18, regardless of the crime; not like other countries where they can be tried as an adult according to the seriousness of the crime.
A friend of mine, Pablo Orozco, was recently affected by thugs taking over his residence, taking his family hostage, having his wife's lip cut, his possessions stolen and his children tied up only to have the underage criminals released the next day. They teased the family by telling them that they could even kill them without having to worry about going to jail since they were all underage!
Chile has been overtaken by "Flaites"!!!
Even local commercials have become popular by focusing on their new buying power (by sheer size): A national gas-tank provider, Gasco, has been using a "flaite" dog to get to their target audience as well as Chile's original state bank, Banco Estado, by using a duck that is always short money.
Chile has become "Flaiterized" and the rest of the country is tied up by lame laws and a lame Government that promised to advance the country, in this matter, by being harsher on criminals.
As a Chilean, I am both frightened and embarrassed...