Cuban University Federation Supports Chilean Students’ Demand for Educational Reforms
- Submitted by: manso
- 08 / 12 / 2011
2011.08.11 - 10:49:46 /radiorebelde.icrt.cu. HAVANA, Cuba.- The Cuban Federation of University Students (FEU) issued a declaration on Thursday expressing this organization’s support of the struggle of thousands of Chilean students who have taken to the streets demanding educational reforms in that South American nation.
The declaration, published by the Juventud Rebelde newspaper, notes that the neoliberal policies implemented in several nations of Latin America continue to try to subjugate the people’s origins, traditions, culture, and identity to the interests of the rich.
“In the particular case of Chile, a country that suffered the cruelty of a military dictatorship under the influence of Washington’s advisors, education is a vivid example of this,” the statement reads.
In this regard, the note points out that the privatization of education, the increase of registration fees and necessary expenses, makes the Chilean educational system an elitist one to the detriment of the working class.
The FEU declaration condemns the use of force against the students, which constitutes a violation of their freedom of speech and assembly.
“The Congress of Latin American and Caribbean Students, which takes place in Montevideo until August 15, is an opportunity to denounce these disgraceful violations, the declaration concludes.