Sept 30 - Tear gas, water cannon and rocks fly in Chile amid renewed clashes between police and students, just hours before students are set to meet with government officials. Rough Cut (No reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Chilean police and demonstrating students clashed on the streets of Santiago on Thursday as student leaders prepared to meet with government officials. The students have been protesting almost daily since June, demanding a major overhaul of the Chilean education system they say is profit-motivated and provides poor instruction. Scenes like this one, where a water cannon dispersed protesters who threw rocks and sticks at police vehicles, have become commonplace in Santiago. However, many hoped the clashes would recede after student groups said this week they would talk with the government in an effort to come to an agreement. The months-long protests have spread to other sectors and driven down President Sebastian Pinera's approval ratings, which are the lowest since any president since democracy returned in 1990. Citizens complain Pinera, a billionaire businessman, is failing to properly distribute wealth of the income of a copper price boom in the world's top producer of the metal.