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Chile evicts hundreds of students from schools

Thursday - 6/27/2013, 11:31am  ET

Clouds of black smoke rise from a burning barricade during a nationwide demonstration in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. Hooded protesters hurled Molotov cocktails, stoned cars, looted a restaurant to use chairs for barricades and burned tires, blocking rush hour traffic along some of Santiago's main roads. Teachers, dock workers and copper miners joined students in a nationwide demonstration to demand education reform and wider distribution of Chile's copper wealth. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Chilean officials say police have evicted hundreds of students who seized control of their high schools to demand educational reforms.

The interior and security minister says 122 people were arrested early Thursday when police in riot gear stormed into the schools and clashed with students. At least one officer is injured.

The 28 schools will be used as voting sites during Sunday's primary presidential election.

President Sebastian Pinera warned students earlier this week that they risked being removed by force to protect the rights of Chilean voters. Students took over the schools two weeks ago.


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