Chile: Test of Wills

Unions launch a bitter protest

An acrid haze drifted through the streets of the Chilean capital of Santiago last week as student demonstrators burned makeshift barricades and fought pitched battles with the national police. Along the bustling commercial street of Calle Providencia, middle-class women darkened their apartments and stood on their balconies at 8 p.m. to stage a one-hour cacerolazo, a rhythmic thumping of pots and pans. On the street below, motorists blew their horns and demonstrators hurled orange crates into a gigantic traffic jam that extended for some 20 blocks. The...

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