Chile Court orders protection for student leader

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Posted: Aug 23, 2011 5:20 PM
Chile Court orders protection for student leader

A student protest leader in Chile now has police protection after receiving death threats by Twitter.

Camila Vallejo is president of the University of Chile's student federation. She has repeatedly used Twitter to mobilize huge marches for education reform.

But she also has received death threats through social networks _ including a message from a high-ranking culture ministry official who invoked the infamous phrase Gen. Augusto Pinochet used while toppling President Salvador Allende in 1973. Pinochet was recorded telling his troops: "If you kill the bitch, you do away with the litter."

Chile's Supreme Court ordered police to protect Vallejo and her parents. The court also sanctioned the official who sent the message.