Chile moves up school vacations as protests rage

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Posted: Jun 28, 2011 6:43 PM
Chile moves up school vacations as protests rage

Chile's government is moving up winter break at more than 200 schools occupied by student protesters who are demanding improvements in the education system.

Education Minister Joaquin Lavin says the order will ensure students don't miss more classes after about a month of protests and occupations of public schools and universities. The change moves up the start of winter vacation by 12 days to Wednesday in schools in the country's capital.

Student spokesman Freddy Fuentes says the government's action reflects its "inability to resolve conflicts."

The move comes a day after high school and university students rejected a government offer and called a general strike for Thursday that will include students and teachers.