Police in Santiago have used water cannons as thousands of students took to the streets, raging against the government's policy on education. Vandals set three city buses ablaze amid violence that left many injured. Dozens of rioters were arrested.
Authorities say leaders of Wednesday’s protests cannot be exempt from responsibility for the burning of the Transantiago mass-transit system buses, during which 75 people were arrested and 49 police were injured.
Reports describe one such attack, during which passengers had to take cover on the floor while hooded vandals hurled rocks at the windows.
“It's unacceptable,” said transportation minister Pedro Pablo Errazuriz according to AP. “There are millions of people who use the Transantiago and these heartless people are taking the wrong attitude by burning the buses and putting passengers and the driver at risk.”