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210 arrested in Chilean protests, government says

By the CNN Wire Staff
A demonstrator waving a Chilean flag is arrested by riot police officers in Santiago on August 25.
A demonstrator waving a Chilean flag is arrested by riot police officers in Santiago on August 25.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • At least 26 people are injured in clashes during demonstrations
  • Organizers say 610,000 people marched nationwide
  • The government offers a lower figure of 175,000 demonstrators
  • Protesters call for changes in education, economic and labor policies
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Santiago, Chile (CNN) -- More than 200 protesters were arrested in demonstrations across Chile on Thursday in connection with a national strike, the South American country's government said.

At least 26 people were injured in clashes between protesters and police, the government said.

The protests started with student demonstrations criticizing the government's education policies over the past several weeks and have snowballed into a broader push for economic and labor policy changes.

Organizers said 610,000 people marched nationwide, but government officials offered a lower estimate, saying 175,000 people protested.

Nationwide, police detained 210 protesters, with 140 of them in the nation's capital of Santiago.

Most protests were peaceful, the government said. Eight of 51 authorized marches across the country included violent incidents, according to the government.

CNN Chile's Paula Farina contributed to this report.

 
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