The Chilean Teachers Association,  representing elementary and secondary school teachers, has been on strike for weeks. Tens of thousands of teachers, in what the union called a “historic march,” protested in Valparaíso on June 11, demanding a meeting with  the Minister of Education.
Late May, the union declared a national strike over the ongoing problems in the Chilean educational system. The immediate cause for the strike was the announcement from the Ministry of Education some weeks earlier altering the national curriculum, cutting back on key subjects. In the 2020 curriculum, classes such as History, Physical Education, and Geography would no longer be mandatory for Chilean high school students.

The "aula segura' (safe classroom) policy of the current government of Sebastian Piñera illuminates the government's aim of suppressing dissent in the school and society.  According to the Ministry of Education, in a publication on its website, the Safe Class project seeks to "strengthen the faculties of the directors of educational establishments, allowing them to immediately expel students who are involved in serious acts of violence." However this government's project, in fact, aims to castigate High Schools students' protest against the commercialization and democratization of Chilean education.

"Aula segura" is part of a broader ambush of conservative interest against youth organizers, in part, due to the important role they have played over the years leading the anti-establishment protests.

This Wednesday, in a new episode of Piñera's war against high school students, Special Forces of Carabineros (Police) entered, with full acceptance of Santiago's Mayor Felipe Alessandri, the National Institute (a selective high school and one of the oldest high school in Chile), gassing and brutally repressing the students.

Image from “Chile Today”  29 May 2019.