Riot police fired tear gas as thousands gathered to protest the new law. (AFP : Juan Barreto)VIDEO VIA HERE.
Riot police in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, have used tear gas and water cannons to stop thousands of protesters rallying against a new education law from breaking past a security cordon.
Protesters are accusing the government of President Hugo Chavez of using the law to indoctrinate children into backing socialist values.
"This law lays the ground for another law that will indoctrinate people, above all, children. And they plan to bring politics into schools," one protester said.
Police fired tear gas when government opponents knocked over a fence marking the end of the authorised route.
A few thousand, many dressed in white, streamed down one of Caracas's main avenues to protest the law, while red-clad government supporters danced to salsa music in the city centre in support of a law they say will boost access to schooling.
A previous attempt to overhaul education was one of the factors that provoked giant protests in 2002, eventually culminating in a failed coup attempt against Mr Chavez
Police dispersed opponents of President Hugo Chavez's government on Saturday as thousands demonstrated both for and against an education law that critics fear will lead to political indoctrination in schools.
Officers fired tear gas, a water cannon and rubber bullets to scatter opposition marchers as they tried to break through a police barrier. Protesters including Miguel Rivero, a 43-year-old lawyer, said they requested but did not receive permission to march to the National Assembly.
"It's totally unjust," Rivero said, wiping tear gas from his eyes. "This repression is totally unnecessary."
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THIS IS WHAT IS ESSENTIALLY WHAT'S HAPPENING IN IRAN AND IT MAY VERY WELL START HAPPENING HERE TOO IF OBAMACARE GETS PASSED.
PEOPLE WANT TO BE FREE!
SOCIALISTS WANT PEOPLE TO SUBORDINATE THEMSELVES TO THE BORG.