I was in Santiago in October filming an episode of Fault Lines about the student movement there. At one of the demonstrations the marchers passed by a tall apartment complex where someone on top of the building was throwing buckets of water over the edge. The students loved it. Check out the show here.
Here’s the new episode that just aired on Al Jazeera English. Description below.
This is our last episode in this season, and we expect to be back in early spring. We’ll keep you apprised here, on Twitter @ajfaultlines and on our Facebook page.
Chilean students have taken over schools and city streets in the largest protests the country has seen in decades.
These actions are causing a political crisis for the country’s billionaire President, Sebastian Piñera.
The students are demanding free education, and an end to the privatization of their schools and universities. The free-market based approach to education was implemented by the military dictator Augusto Pinochet in his last days in power.
As the demonstrations in Chile coincide with protests erupting globally, Fault Lines follows the Chilean student movement during their fight in a country that is among the most unequal in the world.
This episode of Fault Lines first aired on Al Jazeera English on January 2, 2012 at 2230 GMT.
En Toma: Scenes from an occupied high school in Santiago, Chile.
Students in Chile have staged massive protests demanding free education. I went inside one of Chile’s oldest high schools, Liceo Miguel Luis Amunátegui, a school held by students for eight months last year, to interview Alfredo Vielma, 17, for an episode of Fault Lines. (Alfredo is pictured in two of the photos above: in front of the mural and silhouetted.) For the episode—which debuts tonight on Al Jazeera English—we followed the movement for two weeks and discovered that the students’ anger went well beyond issues of education.
Stream the show live at 5:30pm EST here and follow me on Twitter here. I’ll tweet throughout the show and it’ll be like we’re watching it together.
Santiago, Chile. Oct. 19, 2011 — A water canon unleashes and Carabineros regroup as a recently dosed fire smolders under a police vehicle that’s been bombarded with paint bombs from student demonstrators here. (Photo by Josh Rushing)
Santiago, Chile. Oct. 19, 2011 — Civil disobedience isn´t always pretty. Such was the case when one protester at a march for free education here mounted the barriers in front of the Carabineros to bare all. He was lucky they weren´t firing tear gas yet. (Photo by Josh Rushing)
GRAPHIC IMAGE Santiago, Chile. Oct. 19, 2011 — Civil disobedience isn´t always pretty. Such was the case when one protester at a march for free education here mounted the barriers in front of the Carabineros to bare all. He was lucky they weren´t firing tear gas yet. (Photo by Josh Rushing)
Ana Tijoux doing a stripped down version of Shock. I love this song. And, oh yeah, we´re hanging out tomorrow in Santiago. Of course by hanging out, I mean I´m interviewing her for an episode of Fault Lines. But it´s still cool.
Oct. 11, 2011, Santiago, Chile — Twenty-three year old student leader Camila Vallejo responded to Chilean government threats that student protesters should be prosecuted as looters at a press conference today saying, “The big looters are already ruling this country; they are the wealthiest people. We need the true looters to pay for the education of the poor.” Vallejo plans to lead a massive demonstration here Tuesday and Wednesday. (Photo by Josh Rushing)