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Students Clash Police in Chile

A bus passes next to a barricade set by students demonstrating to reform the Chile's education system in Santiago, October 18, 2011.

Students in Chile clashed with police on the first day of a two-day nationwide strike calling for education reform.

Masked students disrupted traffic, set up barricades, and hurled Molotov cocktails at police in the capital, Santiago Tuesday. Police responded by firing water cannons and tear gas to disperse the youths.

The students have been protesting for more than five months complaining of what they see as the high cost and low standards of education in Chile. They are demanding free higher education and improvements in the overall quality of education in the country.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.