Chile: Effigies of football stars Sanchez and Vidal assist education activists

Thousands of students and teachers protested for free education in Santiago, Wednesday, as demonstrations over educational legislation continue to dog the Chilean capital. Many protesters held effigies and cut-outs of Chile's football team, including super-star Arturo Vidal who was involved in a car accident Tuesday evening. Demonstrators stated that Chilean media coverage has ignored the mass strikes, but continue to push news related to Vidal and Chile's 3-3 draw against Mexico in their Group A clash at the Copa America on Monday. Protests calling for free education originally began in Chile in 2011, but have reached peak level once again in recent weeks with large numbers of students and teachers taking to the streets. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has reportedly approved new educational legislation, banning tuition fees, profits and selective admission from state-subsidised schools. However, the teacher's union has rejected the government proposal for reforms, which they believe will reduce their rights even further.