I'll just preface this post by saying this has nothing to do with skiing/riding or the current conditions. That said, I took in some…culture last night in downtown Santiago, Chile. Students are currently protesting education reforms that the government is trying to make to the public education systems. According to International SOS, "Students have been rallying over various issues, including the payment of stipends, delays in the issuance of national student identity cards and university funding. These protests have begun to turn violent lately: protesters have been burning desks, tires, and other trash in major roadways and police have resorted to tear gas and water cannons to try to disperse the unruly crowds. Hundreds of protesters have been detained. Students Rioting in Santiago, Chile | August 6th, 2011 | | Unofficial Networks

Students Rioting in Santiago, Chile | August 6th, 2011 |

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A sign in front of one of the schools

 

I’ll just preface this post by saying this has nothing to do with skiing/riding or the current conditions. That said, I took in some…culture last night in downtown Santiago, Chile. Students are currently protesting education reforms that the government is trying to make to the public education systems. According to International SOS, “Students have been rallying over various issues, including the payment of stipends, delays in the issuance of national student identity cards and university funding. These protests have begun to turn violent lately: protesters have been burning desks, tires, and other trash in major roadways and police have resorted to tear gas and water cannons to try to disperse the unruly crowds. Hundreds of protesters have been detained.

Protesters piled garbage across a major roadway and lit it on fire

Anyway, last night I unintentionally stumbled into one of these protests. Not one to shy away from adventure, I checked it out for a few minutes. Sure, it’s probably not the best/safest decision but there’s something pretty fascinating about this sort of cultural uprising. You can debate the merits of drawing attention to your cause through violence and destruction, but I’d have to say it’s a bit more noble than rioting because your tam lost. Obviously, I wasn’t participating, just spectating. Here are some photos and a play-by-play of what went down.

More trash buning, and I think a little rock/bottle throwing as well

This armored bus showed up and out rolled the riot police and started going after people

At this point I decided it was a good time to get out of there. There's a guy in the middle of the photo about to get his show run.

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