What started as a one-student march now includes more than 10,000 parents, children and elderly, in a goal to jog around the Chilean presidential palace for 1,800 hours in a row — 75 days — to urge education reform.
The march first began on June 13 when a lone drama student started running the half-mile loop around the presidential palace in Santiago. Then his girlfriend joined the protest run.
Soon, dozens of Chileans were taking turns in the exercise that is part of a nationwide effort to gain substantial education reforms.
Chile has been occupied for months by student protests where youth are demanding free education for all.
For the marathon protest run, there is always at least one person walking the half-mile stretch amid the central and congested streets of downtown Santiago with their black, tattered flag demanding “Free Education Now.”
The 1,800-hour goal symbolizes the $1.8 billion each year that, according to students, would be required to fund education for the 300,000 most vulnerable students in the system.