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Excerpt: "Mexican police attacked teachers striking against neoliberal education reforms in the southern state of Oaxaca, killing at least nine people and leaving dozens more injured."

Riot police battle with protesting teachers who were blocking a federal highway in the state of Oaxaca. (photo: La Jornada/Twitter)
Riot police battle with protesting teachers who were blocking a federal highway in the state of Oaxaca. (photo: La Jornada/Twitter)


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Mexican Police Kill 9 in Clashes With Striking Oaxaca Teachers

By teleSUR

20 June 16

 

The Mexican government followed through on its threat to use force against striking dissident teachers.

exican police attacked teachers striking against neoliberal education reforms in the southern state of Oaxaca, killing at least nine people and leaving dozens more injured, teleSUR Correspondent Fernando Camacho reported on Monday.

Police were attempting to evict teachers from a road blockade on the Oaxaca-Puebla highway in the municipality of Nochixtlan when gunfire erupted, leading to violent clashes that lasted approximately four hours.

Teachers from the dissident CNTE union, also known as Section 22, had set up the blockade as part of protests over an education reform implemented by President Enrique Peña Nieto and the arrest of several of the unions' leaders over the past week.

In a press conference from the Mexican capital, a spokesperson for the union said the dead included Andres Aguilar Sanabria, 23, and Santiago Jimenez Aylin, 28, who have been identified as trainee teacher students. The spokesperson said there was a third fatality but did not provide any details.

The union spokesperson blamed the police forces who participated in the eviction for the three deaths, calling it an “attack,” and asked the government to engage in dialogue with the striking teachers.

The death toll of five demonstrators was later confirmed by the public prosecutor's office in Oaxaca. Meanwhile, Proceso magazine reported six deaths while the CNTE themselves later reported nine.

Mexican investigative journalist Sanjuana Martinez has called the government repression a "hunting" that seeks to eliminate dissidents who oppose the education reforms.

Police said that at least 21 people had been arrested.

Users on social media said that dozens of the injured were left untreated after the police seized the hospital in Nochixtlan and only allowed injured police access. Injured demonstrators were reportedly treated inside a nearby church.

Another clash between demonstrators and police took place in the city port of Salina Cruz, in Oaxaca as well, where another group of teachers were blockading a road that connects the state with its neighbors on the Pacific coast. Local media also reported dozens of injured protesting teachers and dozens of arrests, however authorities have not said anything on this case.

Renato Sales Heredia, national security commissioner, warned last week that the government would use force to repress mobilizations by striking teachers and their sympathizers.

Heredia said that a “moderate use of force" would be used to clear out these types of protests, but would only be used as a “last resort.”

In Mexico, common protest tactics include shutting down major highways or staging protest camps in front of government offices.

Before Sunday's events, hundreds of academic, religious, popular, student, human and social rights organizations around the world signed a document Friday that condemned the “brutal repression” exerted by the Mexican government against teachers who reject the education reform by President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Peña Nieto unveiled an education reform in 2013 as part of a set of 11 neoliberal reforms implemented in his first 20 months of power.

The controversial law imposes teacher evaluations in order to determine which applicants will be chosen to fill open posts in the public school system nationwide. Critics say the testing only justifies mass layoffs and does not effectively measure teaching skills, like the special knowledge and demeanor needed to teach in rural areas and Indigenous communities.


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+8 # danireland46 2016-06-20 22:41
I lived in Mexico for over two months in December 1980 till late February 1981. I had a van converted into a mobile "home". It was still safe to travel throughout the country at that time. It hadn't turned into a narco-state yet. Anyway, I learned how corrupt the police were when a lovely young dentist I met in Acapulco. then met up with in Mexico City took me and two of her friends out on the town,
We got pulled over near the Zona Rosa by a Mexican copper who basically shook us down for money "por le Jefe".
She hadn't violated any laws except to fund the police compensation fund.
I loved my time in Mexico. I'm afraid it's not the safe place it used to be. Shake downs have turned into life and death "Obey or Die" situations. I grieve for the "gentes."
 
 
+7 # Texas Aggie 2016-06-21 05:10
This isn't the first time that Peña Nieto has sent his bully boys to kill people. When he was governor of the state of Mexico, he sent his cops to kill a bunch of people that were protesting the takeover of their land to build an airport. There were a lot of international people there and the cops made a point of raping some Spaniards who were there and telling them that this is what happens to foreigners. In addition they killed two or three people. EPN then claimed that he had nothing to do with it.

The Yo Soy #132 movement began when Peña Nieto made a speech at a upper class university that would have been expected to support him. He claimed that the courts had exonerated him, a false statement, and it angered the students so much that they ran him off the campus. When his spokesman claimed that the people who ran him off were outside agitators, 131 students went onto youtube with their names, student ID's and majors saying that they helped run him off.

Peña Nieto is a cross between Bush and Drumpf. He's not very bright and has a difficult time reading (that was also a source of hilarity during his campaign), and his wife got started in her career by posing for nude photos.
 
 
+3 # Kootenay Coyote 2016-06-21 07:14
NeoLiberalism = Fascism.
 
 
0 # Johnny 2016-06-21 13:56
"Clashes," my ass. I would have hoped Telesur would avoid the euphemisms with which the totally controlled U.S. media obscure who did what to whom.
 

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