Colombian and Chilean students have come together in an attempt to spread their protest across Latin America.
The protesters, who in both countries are demanding their governments improve higher education, want to organize a mass demonstration across the continent on Thursday November 24.
Colombian student leaders proposed the idea after contact between the two countries' representatives on social networking sites. The Chilean students voted to go ahead with the plan - which aims to spread protests into countries such as Brazil, Argentina and Peru - following a meeting Saturday.
Jairo Rivera, spokesman for the Colombian movement, the National Alternative Education Board, told BBC Mundo, "A continental movement in defense of education as a right is being built. Each movement has its own problems but we have common goals. It is very important that young people are political actors in Latin America."