Students in South America, especially Chile and Colombia, have taken to the streets to protest against plannend changes in the education system in their respective countries. The protests in Chile have been going on for months and have often resulted in clashes with riot police. The same is now happening in Colombia.

Student Protests In South America

Demonstrators gather during a student rally against the government's public education system in Santiago city September 22, 2011. The students are demanding for free and better state education, as well as for an end to profit-making in the public education system. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

Student Protests In South America

A demonstrator reacts after breathing tear gas during a student rally against the government's public education system in Santiago city September 14, 2011. Chilean students are demanding for free and better state education, as well as for an end to profit-making in the public education system. REUTERS/Victor Ruiz Caballero

Student Protests In South America

A demonstrator throws a stone against riot police vehicles during a student rally against the government's public education system in Santiago city September 22, 2011. The students are demanding for free and better state education, as well as for an end to profit-making in the public education system. REUTERS/Victor Ruiz Caballero

Student Protests In South America

A high school student is arrested by riot policemen during a rally against the closing of their schools at the Providencia neighborhood in Santiago city September 26, 2011. Providencia's Mayor, on Friday, ordered the end of the school year, the closing of local schools, and cancelled the admission of students taking part in the movement. The students are demanding for free and better state education, as well as for an end to profit-making in the public education system. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

Student Protests In South America

A riot police vehicle releases a jet of water on students during a rally against the closing of their schools at the Providencia neighborhood in Santiago city September 26, 2011. Providencia's Mayor, on Friday, ordered the end of the school year, the closing of local schools, and cancelled the admission of students taking part in the movement. The students are demanding for free and better state education, as well as for an end to profit-making in the public education system. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

Student Protests In South America

A high school student blocks a riot police vehicle during a rally against the closing of their schools at the Providencia neighborhood in Santiago city September 26, 2011. Providencia's Mayor, on Friday, ordered the end of the school year, the closing of local schools, and cancelled the admission of students taking part in the movement. The students are demanding for free and better state education, as well as for an end to profit-making in the public education system. REUTERS/Victor Ruiz Caballero

Student Protests In South America

Riot policemen try to arrest a student during a rally against the closing of their schools at the Providencia neighborhood in Santiago city September 26, 2011. Providencia's Mayor, on Friday, ordered the end of the school year, the closing of local schools, and cancelled the admission of students taking part in the movement. The students are demanding for free and better state education, as well as for an end to profit-making in the public education system. REUTERS/Victor Ruiz Caballero

Student Protests In South America

Riot policemen are covered by tear gas as they clash with demonstrators during a rally to protest against the government and the public state education system in Santiago city September 29, 2011. Chilean students are demanding for free and better state education, as well as for an end to profit-making in the system. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

Student Protests In South America

A demonstrator throws a tear gas canister at riot police during a protest against the government and the public state education system at Santiago city September 29, 2011. Chilean students are demanding for free and better state education, as well as for an end to profit-making in the public state education system. REUTERS/Victor Ruiz Caballero

Student Protests In South America

A riot police officer punches a student during a protest against the government and the public state education system at Santiago city September 29, 2011. Chilean students are demanding for free and better state education, as well as for an end to profit-making in the public state education system. REUTERS/Victor Ruiz Caballero

Student Protests In South America

Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against the government and the public state education system at Santiago city September 29, 2011. Chilean students are demanding for free and better state education, as well as for an end to profit-making in the public state education system. REUTERS/Carlos Vera

Student Protests In South America

Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against the government and the public state education system at Santiago city September 29, 2011. Chilean students are demanding for free and better state education, as well as for an end to profit-making in the public state education system. REUTERS/Carlos Vera

Student Protests In South America

Demonstrators carry a metal railing past a burning barricade during a protest against the government to demand changes in the public state education system in Valparaiso city, about 121 km (75 miles) northwest of Santiago, September 29, 2011. The students are demanding for free and better state education, as well as for an end to profit-making in the public education system. REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez

Student Protests In South America
Student Protests In South America

Students throw stones at riot police during a protest against the government to demand changes in the public state education system in Valparaiso city, about 121 km (75 miles) northwest of Santiago, September 29, 2011. The students are demanding for free and better state education, as well as for an end to profit-making in the public education system. REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez

Student Protests In South America

A demonstrator is arrested after being taken down as they climb up the windows of the government palace during a rally in Santiago, October 5, 2011. Demonstrators are demanding a National Constituent Assembly in order to protect the natural and energy resources, and the state's role on health, education, welfare and housing system, according to local media. REUTERS/Victor Ruiz Caballero

Student Protests In South America

Demonstrators clash with riot policemen during a rally against the public state education system in Santiago October 6, 2011. Chilean students are demanding free and better state education, as well as for an end to profit-making in the public state education system. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

Student Protests In South America

A riot policeman shoots tear gas against demonstrators during a rally against the public state education system at Santiago, October 6, 2011. Chilean students are demanding for free and better state education, as well as for an end to profit-making in the public state education system. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

Student Protests In South America

A demonstrator takes cover from a jet of water during a rally against the public state education system at Santiago, October 6, 2011. Chilean students are demanding for free and better state education, as well as for an end to profit-making in the public state education system. REUTERS/Carlos Vera

Student Protests In South America

A demonstrator carries a metal barrier past a burning barricade during a protest against the government to demand changes in the public state education system in Valparaiso city, about 121 km (75 miles) northwest of Santiago, October 6, 2011. The students are demanding free and better state education, as well as for an end to profit-making in the public education system. REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez

Student Protests In South America

A demonstrator throws a tear gas canister as they clash with riot policemen during a rally against the public state education system in Santiago, October 6, 2011. Chilean students are demanding for free and better state education, as well as for an end to profit-making in the public state education system. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

Student Protests In South America

A demonstrator hits a police vehicle during a rally against the public state education system at Santiago, October 6, 2011. Chilean students are demanding for free and better state education, as well as for an end to profit-making in the public state education system. REUTERS/Cristobal Saavedra

Student Protests In South America

Demonstrators clash with riot policemen during a rally against the public state education system at Santiago, October 6, 2011. Chilean students are demanding for free and better state education, as well as for an end to profit-making in the public state education system. REUTERS/Cristobal Saavedra

Student Protests In South America

A student holding her belongings is seen through a police riot shield during an evacuation of the Catholic University of Valparaiso, which remained occupied by students for four months in protest against the government to demand changes in the public state education system in Valparaiso city, about 121 km (75 miles) northwest of Santiago, October 10, 2011. The students are demanding for free and better state education, as well as for an end to profit-making in the public education system. REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez

Student Protests In South America

Riot police are seen during an evacuation of the Catholic University of Valparaiso, which remained occupied by students for four months in protest against the government to demand changes in the public state education system in Valparaiso city, about 121 km (75 miles) northwest of Santiago, October 10, 2011. The students are demanding for free and better state education, as well as for an end to profit-making in the public education system. REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez

Student Protests In South America

A riot policeman walks past a wall with posters with an image of Chilean president Sebastian Pinera, dressed as a riot policeman during an evacuation of the Catholic University of Valparaiso, which remained occupied by students for four months in protest against the government to demand changes in the public state education system in Valparaiso city, about 121 km (75 miles) northwest of Santiago, October 10, 2011. The students are demanding for free and better state education, as well as for an end to profit-making in the public education system. REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez

Student Protests In South America

Riot policemen stand guard, with shields splattered with paint from protesters, during a demonstration in Bogota October 12, 2011. Thousands of students marched in a nation wide protest against the education government's reform of public universities, student organizations reported. REUTERS/John Vizcaino

Student Protests In South America

Students react against riot policemen during a protest march in Bogota October 12, 2011. Thousands of students marched in a nation wide protest against the education government's reform of public universities, student organizations reported. REUTERS/John Vizcaino

Student Protests In South America

Students take part in a march during a demonstration in Bogota October 12, 2011. Thousands of students marched in a nation wide protest against the education government's reform of public universities, student organizations reported. REUTERS/John Vizcaino

Student Protests In South America
Student Protests In South America

Students take part in a march during a demonstration in Bogota October 12, 2011. Thousands of students marched in a nation wide protest against the education government's reform of public universities, student organizations reported. REUTERS/John Vizcaino

Student Protests In South America

A student reacts against riot policemen during a protest march in Bogota October 12, 2011. Thousands of students marched in a nation wide protest against the education government's reform of public universities, student organizations reported. REUTERS/John Vizcaino

Student Protests In South America

A student takes part in a march during a demonstration in Bogota October 12, 2011. Thousands of students marched in a nation wide protest against the education government's reform of public universities, student organizations reported. REUTERS/John Vizcaino

Student Protests In South America

Riot policemen stand guard, with shields splattered with paint from protesters, during a demonstration in Bogota October 12, 2011. Thousands of students marched in a nation wide protest against the education government's reform of public universities, student organizations reported. REUTERS/John Vizcaino

Student Protests In South America

A student takes part in a march during a demonstration in Bogota October 12, 2011. Thousands of students marched in a nation wide protest against the education government's reform of public universities, student organizations reported. REUTERS/John Vizcaino

Student Protests In South America

A student takes part in a march during a demonstration in Bogota October 12, 2011. Thousands of students marched in a nation wide protest against the education government's reform of public universities, student organizations reported. REUTERS/John Vizcaino

Student Protests In South America

Students react against riot policemen during a protest march in Bogota October 12, 2011. Thousands of students marched in a nation wide protest against the education government's reform of public universities, student organizations reported. REUTERS/John Vizcaino

Student Protests In South America

Students take part in a march during a demonstration in Bogota October 12, 2011. Thousands of students marched in a nation wide protest against the education government's reform of public universities, student organizations reported. REUTERS/John Vizcaino

Student Protests In South America

Students take part in a march during a demonstration in Medellin October 12, 2011. Thousands of students marched in a nation wide protest against the education government's reform of public universities, student organizations reported. REUTERS/Albeiro Lopera

Student Protests In South America

A student takes part in a march during a demonstration in Medellin October 12, 2011. Thousands of students marched in a nation wide protest against the education government's reform of public universities, student organizations reported. REUTERS/Albeiro Lopera

Student Protests In South America

Students take part in a march during a demonstration in Bogota October 12, 2011. Thousands of students marched in a nationwide protest against the education government's reform of public universities, student organizations reported. REUTERS/Fredy Builes

Student Protests In South America

Students take part in a march during a demonstration in Bogota October 12, 2011. Thousands of students marched in a nationwide protest against the education government's reform of public universities, student organizations reported. REUTERS/Fredy Builes

Student Protests In South America

A student protester throws paint at riot policemen holding shields during a demonstration in Bogota October 12, 2011. Thousands of students marched in a nationwide protest against the education government's reform of public universities, student organizations reported. REUTERS/Fredy Builes

Student Protests In South America

A student protester faces off riot police during a demonstration in Bogota October 12, 2011. Thousands of students marched in a nationwide protest against the education government's reform of public universities, student organizations reported. REUTERS/Fredy Builes

Student Protests In South America

Student protesters take part in a march during a demonstration in Bogota October 12, 2011. Thousands of students marched in a nationwide protest against the education government's reform of public universities, student organizations reported. REUTERS/Fredy Builes

Student Protests In South America
Student Protests In South America

Student protesters react to tear gas during a demonstration in Bogota October 12, 2011. Thousands of students marched in a nationwide protest against the education government's reform of public universities, student organizations reported. REUTERS/Fredy Builes

Student Protests In South America

Student protesters light lanterns during a demonstration in Cartagena October 12, 2011. Thousands of students marched in a nationwide protest against the education government's reform of public universities, student organizations reported. REUTERS/Joaquin Sarmiento

Student Protests In South America

Student protesters light lanterns during a demonstration in Cartagena October 12, 2011. Thousands of students marched in a nationwide protest against the education government's reform of public universities, student organizations reported. REUTERS/Joaquin Sarmiento

Oct 13, 2011