Some violence as Colombian students protest

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Posted: Oct 12, 2011 10:42 PM
Some violence as Colombian students protest

Police in Colombia's capital have fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse rioters after a mostly peaceful student protest against an education reform bill. Bogota police report 15 arrests.

Thousands of students had launched a national strike in major cities Wednesday, saying the bill would privatize higher education.

Government officials say that's not the case. They say the bill would allow tens of thousands more young people to go to university.

Authorities in Colombia's western city of Cali say a 19-year-old former student died near student marches when explosives that he was carrying went off. It is unclear whether the incident was related to the student marches.