6.28.12 - Marcha Estudiantil, Plaza Italia, Santiago
Some photos of the national student march today in Downtown Santiago.
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Tons of musicians, bands, dancers and political theatre skits happening all the time. The energy was that of a circus, except that it wasn’t concentrated in a tent, or even just one area, but a whole damn carnival.
By the end of the march, capuchas (masked anarchists armed with Molotov’s, broken bottles, rocks ripped from the sidewalk etc) had taken over the streets while the majority of students leave the scene. Many are non-students, in fact - agitators and provocateurs on the march, inciting fear and anger in many/most of the protesting students) and by the time these marches conclude, they have ripped dozens of street signs from their concrete bases, destroyed private property (not government-owned!) with the intent purely to ruin their surroundings. I decided not to photograph them at today’s march because I don’t want to glorify what they do in any way whatsoever.
It’s highly unfortunate that when the media picks up on these marches and “student” activity, they highlight what capuchas do and blaim the movement for their destruction of property and violent nature.