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(/YouTube) More than 100.000 Chilean students and workers packed La Alameda, in the capital Santiago demanding free education for all during a cold and rainy day. The protesters walked in front of the Presidential Palace, La Moneda, and the Ministry of Education.

The Confederation of Chilean Students (Confech) accused the police of suppressing the massive march with attacks and tear gas, despite the fact that they had committed tehmeselves not to intervene.

The main motto of the chilean students protest is “In an unequal country we should all fight. Free public education to change society”.

Video by Reuters

Photos from the Santiago riots:
http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=1409970

By The Guardian
Friday, March 16, 2012 10:09 EDT
A determination to ‘move beyond anger to creativity’
is driving a strong barter economy in some places

In recent weeks, Theodoros Mavridis has bought fresh eggs, tsipourou (the local brandy: beware), fruit, olives, olive oil, jam, and soap. He has also had some legal advice, and enjoyed the services of an accountant to help fill in his tax return.

None of it has cost him a euro, because he had previously done a spot of electrical work – repairing a TV, sorting out a dodgy light – for some of the 800-odd members of a fast-growing exchange network in the port town of Volos, midway between Athens and Thessaloniki.

In return for his expert labour, Mavridis received a number of Local Alternative Units (known as tems in Greek) in his online network account. In return for the eggs, olive oil, tax advice and the rest, he transferred tems into other people’s accounts.

“It’s an easier, more direct way of exchanging goods and services,” said Bernhardt Koppold, a German-born homeopathist and acupuncturist in Volos who is an active member of the network. “It’s also a way of showing practical solidarity – of building relationships.”

( on Feb 29, 2012 It’s a day of mass protests across the EU, as people rail against austerity, cuts and economic hardships – which they say are not their fault. Fresh demonstration are brewing across Greece – as the government seeks to implement the drastic austerity measures that came with the latest EU bailout. The demonstrations will be synchronous with those in Spain – where people are angry at their own draconian cuts and bleak prospects.