A protester waves a Chilean flag in front of a riot police vehicle as it releases a jet of water during a demonstration to demand changes in the education system, in Santiago, Chile, June 10, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Chilean police fired tear gas and water cannon Wednesday to break up a large student protest that turned violent on the eve of the Copa America, the South American football championship.The protest was the latest in a series of rallies by students who say President Michelle Bachelet's education reforms are insufficient to overhaul a deeply unequal system inherited from late dictator Augusto Pinochet.In January, she signed the first reform bill, opening university education to all students and banning for-profit activities at state-funded schools.Last month, she announced a bill to provide free university education to 60 percent of the poorest students starting next year, reaching 70 percent in 2018 and 100 percent in 2020 .
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