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Sweden responded by barring entry for the incoming Belarusian ambassador to Stockholm and asking two Belarusian diplomats to leave the Nordic country.


Vandals burn busesin student protests

SANTIAGO — Police used water cannons and tear gas Wednesday to break up a protest in Chile’s capital by thousands of students demanding free education.

Small groups of hooded vandals mingled among the students, setting fire to traffic lights and hurling rocks at police. Three buses were set ablaze in the demonstration.

Presidential spokesman Andres Chadwick said student leaders must accept some responsibility after the burning of Transantiago mass-transit system buses.

Santiago’s municipal government had banned the students from flooding the streets of the capital, fearing the protest would turn violent. Demonstrations demanding education reforms have swept Chile for more than a year. The government said one in late June was the most violent, with 472 demonstrators arrested and 36 police officers injured.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports