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Matador contributing editor Eileen Smith is familiar with tear gas.

“LET YOUR NOSE RUN, don’t blow it. It hurts less that way.”

A man outside of his house on Romero, a street just one block off the Alameda, Santiago’s main drag, was explaining to two teenage girls how to deal with having been tear gassed. But at this point — 16 months into Chile’s educational protests, aimed at increasing funding for education, reducing interest on educational loans, and even nationalizing education — there are few of us at the protest who don’t know how to handle the lacrimógeno.

All photos by Eileen Smith, taken on September 27, 2012.



About The Author

Eileen Smith

Eileen Smith is the editor of Matador Abroad. She's an ex-Brooklynite who's made a life in Santiago, Chile. She's a fluent Spanish speaker who can be found biking, hiking, writing, photographing and/or seeking good coffee and nibbles at most hours of the day. She blogs here.

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