Chile ‘Thriller’ Protest: Students Stage Michael Jackson Dance For Education (Video)


June 25 – Chilean students stage a mass performance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller in a protest over higher education.

Student demonstrators took to the streets of Santiago dressed as goblins and ghouls from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video in their latest spirited pursuit of higher education reforms.

As they re-created Jackson’s iconic moves in front of La Moneda presidential palace, students said the zombie motif was an appropriate metaphor for the Chilean education system, which they described as “rotten” and “dead.” In recent weeks, similar — albeit less colorful — rallies have reportedly been staged, including some which demand the resignation of the Minister of Education.

“Public education is dying so we took this Michael Jackson creation and we united to this movement that is dying, the zombies,” one student is quoted as saying. “At its heart, that’s what it is. And behind each zombie, there’s a family. This has much deeper meaning.”

Source: Huffington Post
Video: Reuters / Youtube

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Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He is the Coordinator of the English Department at Colegio Internacional SEK in Santiago, Chile. He is the Co-Founder and Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago 2012 & Edcamp Chile 2013, free, participant-driven, democratic, conversation based professional development for teachers, by teachers. EdCamp Santiago 2012 was held at Universidad Mayor in Santiago. Edcamp Chile 2013 was held at Universidad UCINF. Thomas is also a member of the Advisory Board for the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), where he also serves as a reviewer and as the HETL Ambassador for Chile. Thomas enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. Thus far, he has written the following genres: romance, historical fiction, autobiographical, sports history/biography, and English Language Teaching. He has published a total of sixty one (61) books, all available on Amazon . The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family, his wife Gabriela, and his son, Thomas Jerome Baker, Jr.
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