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Chile: Thousands March Against Campus Sexual Violence

HeadlineMay 17, 2018

In Chile, thousands of students marched through the capital Santiago Wednesday, protesting against widespread sexual harassment and assault at schools and universities, and over the failure of school administrators to respond to complaints by female students. This is Paz Gajardo, spokesperson for the Confederation of Chilean Students.

Paz Gajardo: “This movement is historic. This march sets a precedent. It is the kickstart that we, the women of Chile, have initiated in response to the sexual allegation claims established across different universities throughout Chile. There are at least 20 to 25 universities undergoing takeovers and stoppages, in response to sexual abuses or rapes by teachers and fellow students.”

Police later used tear gas and water cannons to disperse marchers. The protest was part of a wider student movement calling for free, quality public higher education in Chile.

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