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School's Out: Chilean Police Storms High Schools, Arrest 139



SANTIAGO - A total of 139 people, most of whom were students, were arrested during the eviction of three schools in the center of Santiago, the local Chief of Police Victor Tapia told América Economìa.

The three schools (Darío Salas School, Miguel de Cervantes and Confederación Suiza School) had been occupied for a week by Chilean students fighting for reforms, including free education – demands that have not been heard by Sebastián Piñera’s government so far.

“We are here for a number of reasons,” 14-year-old Joaquín Merino told The Santiago Times. “We’re here to fight the Hinzpeter Law that would criminalize protests, we’re here to ask for free education and we’re here because the minimum wage isn’t enough to pay for education. In Chile, it’s not that the quality of education isn’t good, it’s just not available to all.”

The evacuations were ordered by Santiago Mayor Pablo Zalaquett after Thursday’s failed negociations with the student’s representatives.

Watch footage of the evictions at the Miguel de Cervantes college below.

Students refused to voluntarily leave the school premises and had to be dispersed with tear gas and water hoses, The Santiago Times reports, causing much anger among human rights associations.

Students protesting for free education met with police water cannons in #Santiago #Chile buff.ly/OO7NJH

— Human Rights Channel (@ythumanrights) August 9, 2012

Chief of Police Victor Tapia ruled out that there had been excessive violence on part of police officers, as he told América Economìa that officers had been pelted with stones and that "the use of force was needed."

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FOCUS: Russia-Ukraine War

Zaluzhny vs. Zelensky: Ukraine's Heavyweight Feud Puts The War At Risk

Tensions keep brewing between Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, and his military chief, Valerii Zaluzhny. Coming at a critical point in the war's deadlock, the disputes risk undermining Ukrainian unity and playing into Russia's hands.

Photograph of the Ukraine Armed Forces Valeriy Zaluzhny  saluting in uniform

February 24, 2023, Kyiv: Commander-in-Chief of Ukraine Armed Forces Valeriy Zaluzhny salutes during ceremonies marking the 1st anniversary of the Russian invasion

Ukrainian Presidents Office/ZUMA
Roman Romaniuk & Roman Kravets,


KYIV — On November 20, Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin made an unannounced visit to Ukraine.

Austin's arrival was initially intended as a show of respect to Ukrainian war heroes and a reaffirmation of Washington's steadfast support for Kyiv. However, this visit inadvertently exacerbated tensions between Ukraine’s top military leader, Valerii Zaluzhny, and its President, Volodymyr Zelensky.

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"After Austin's arrival,” one Ukrainian government insider revealed, “it seemed Zelensky was suddenly about to replace Zaluzhny. Eventually, though, their conflicts faded away, and were replaced by sarcastic banter.”

Recent weeks have seen global media outlets reporting on the details of the "conflict" between the Ukrainian president and the Armed Forces head. In response, the President’s Office dismissed all such claims as Russian propaganda.

Amidst the ongoing threat looming over Ukraine, disputes between the country's top leaders aren't surprising. Such disagreements can even be seen as part of the carrying out of any war.

The root of tensions between the nation's president and its ranking head of the Armed Forces, can be traced to a complicated blend of war and politics. Zelensky's involvement in military planning and command during the war has caused friction as he's integrated political elements into the traditionally apolitical sphere of the army, inadvertently making Zaluzhny a visible figure in the political arena.

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