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Chilean university students push to break relations with Israel

The students of the University of Chile refuse to be “complicit in the genocide” in Gaza.

Hundreds of Chilean university students insisted their study centers “break relations with Israeli universities” through marches and camps, which created tensions between the institution and the students.

“It is very incorrect and condemnable that as a public university we have not presented a declaration against this genocide.

We cannot remain silent in the face of this injustice and we must encourage the university and the State to break relations with Israel, because we cannot continue being complicit in this genocide,” said twenty-year-old university student Paloma Valenzuela.

With chants such as “Out of Chile, out of Argentina, out of Zionism in Latin America,” the march started from the Central House of the University of Chile (UCh), in Santiago, and headed through the main streets of the capital to the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center (GAM).

“We ask that the university cut agreements and relations with Israeli universities that work directly with the Israeli army,” Sebastián Vergara, a twenty-six-year-old Chilean university student, told EFE.

On the occasion of the 76th anniversary of the 'Nakba', the massive displacement of Palestinians after the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, young people began camping on May 15 at the state study center, the most important in the southern country, and thus join the global movement in support of the Palestinian people that is being carried out in different universities in the United States, Canada and some European countries.

The South American country recognized Palestine as a “free, independent and sovereign” State in 2011, during the first government of conservative Sebastián Piñera (2010-2014).

According to figures from the Ministry of Health of the Gaza Strip, controlled by Hamas, this conflict has already left more than 35.857 dead since last October 7.

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