Thousands of police have been deployed to suppress the student protests in Chile (photo:dpa)

Geopolitics: Chile’s students lead popular protests

Chile's president, Sebastian Pinera, rode high in the opinion polls when his government led the successful rescue of miners trapped for 33 days. Now street protests led by students wanting education reforms have made him the most unpopular president in history. GIS expert, Dr Joseph S. Tulchin gives a briefing on what has happened.

CHILE has been considered the best governed country in Latin America for the past decade.

The country has elected five presidents in peaceful, contested elections, and been a model of political and social civility since its return to democracy in 1990 after the 17-year dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet.

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Dr. Joseph S. Tulchin
The problem for Mr Pinera is that the majority of people in Chile, put at up to 80 per cent, support the students
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