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Venezuelans March For and Against Education Law

Police in Venezuela have used teargas to disperse demonstrators protesting a new education law that strengthens President Hugo Chavez's control of schools and universities.

Thousands of protesters marched through the capital, Caracas, Saturday. Some carried signs describing it as a "Cuban law."

Supporters of the law demonstrated in another part of the city.

Critics say the law could lead to the ideological indoctrination of students. Its supporters have been quoted as saying the law requires teaching to be open to all forms of thinking.

Twelve journalists protesting the law were beaten earlier this month. News reports said the attackers were Chavez supporters.

Some information for this report provided by AP.