Something I recently learned

9 Jan

Chilean dogs

There are millions of free-roaming dogs in the South American nation of Chile, and many have allied themselves with protesting students who tangle daily with police.

The dogs march when the students march; attack when the students attack. They take blasts from police water hoses (which they seem to like), growl angrily at police and sometime bite them. When police sirens sound, the dogs run to greet them.

For the last 18 months or so, students have been protesting the state of the school system. According to the Associated Press, the protesters claim public schools provide a poor education, private universities are too expensive and the interest on education loans is too high.

A few of the dogs have been turned into Internet celebrities. One is Blacky, who has 7,000 “likes” on Facebook.

“Dogs are super-loyal,” said one 17-year-old. “They stand with the people and I think they support the students.”

By Lanny Morgnanesi

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