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Camila Vallejo's call for better and cheaper education has seen student protests transform into a two-day nationwide shutdown
Chilean student leader Camila Vallejo sits among a peace sign created from empty teargas canisters used by police against protesters. (Photograph: Roberto Candia/AP)
Not since the days of Zapatistas' Subcomandante Marcos has Latin America been so charmed by a rebel leader. This time, there is no ski mask, no pipe and no gun, just a silver nose ring.
Meet Commander Camila, a student leader in Chile who has become the face of a populist uprising that some analysts are calling the Chilean winter. Her press conferences can lead to the sacking of a minister. The street marches she leads shut down sections of the Chilean capital. She has the government on the run, and now even has police protection after receiving death threats.