Chile Moves up School Vacations as Protests Rage

By: AP
By: AP

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Chile's government is moving up winter
break at more than 200 schools occupied by student protesters who
are demanding improvements in the education system.

Education Minister Joaquin Lavin says the order will ensure
students don't miss more classes after about a month of protests
and occupations of public schools and universities. The change
moves up the start of winter vacation by 12 days to Wednesday in
schools in the country's capital.

Student spokesman Freddy Fuentes says the government's action
reflects its "inability to resolve conflicts."

The move comes a day after high school and university students
rejected a government offer and called a general strike for
Thursday that will include students and teachers.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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