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Costa Rica Students Protest for Increased Education Spending

IN PICTURES: University students march against government plans to allocate only 1.37 percent of Costa Rica's GDP to higher education.

Students from the University of Costa Rica and the National University held a protest in San Jose on Tuesday, demanding increased government spending on education.

Protesters urged Legislative Assembly members to approve a law that would allocate 1.5 percent of the country's GDP for higher education in the 2018 national budget, instead of the 1.37 percent proposed by the incumbent government.

Student activists are expected to continue protests in coming weeks against the government of President Luis Guillermo Solis.

teleSUR takes a look at images of the protest calling for more higher education financing.

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A sign reads “Education for the worker” at a protest in San Jose on September 12, 2017.
A sign reads “Education for the worker” at a protest in San Jose on September 12, 2017. Photo:EFE
A student depicting a dead body lies on the ground at a protest in San Jose on September 12, 2017.
A student depicting a dead body lies on the ground at a protest in San Jose on September 12, 2017. Photo:EFE
A student chants and leads a march at a protest in San Jose on September 12, 2017.
A student chants and leads a march at a protest in San Jose on September 12, 2017. Photo:EFE
A student depicts the grim reaper at a protest in San Jose on September 12, 2017.
A student depicts the grim reaper at a protest in San Jose on September 12, 2017. Photo:EFE
Protesters hold signs reading “No more cuts” and “Education should not pay for corruption” at a protest in San Jose on September 12, 2017.
Protesters hold signs reading “No more cuts” and “Education should not pay for corruption” at a protest in San Jose on September 12, 2017. Photo:EFE
A protester holds a sign reading “for public universities” at a protest in San Jose on September 12, 2017.
A protester holds a sign reading “for public universities” at a protest in San Jose on September 12, 2017. Photo:EFE
A protester holds a sign reading “education comes first” at a protest in San Jose on September 12, 2017.
A protester holds a sign reading “education comes first” at a protest in San Jose on September 12, 2017. Photo:EFE
A protester holds a sign reading “charge the defaulters not education” at a protest in San Jose on September 12, 2017.
A protester holds a sign reading “charge the defaulters not education” at a protest in San Jose on September 12, 2017. Photo:EFE
Protesters hold signs about education and funding at a protest in San Jose on September 12, 2017.
Protesters hold signs about education and funding at a protest in San Jose on September 12, 2017. Photo:EFE
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