State Violence Against the CNTE in Oaxaca, Mexico

According to various media reports up to nine people were killed during clashes between protesting teachers and riot police at two different locations in Oaxaca, Mexico last Sunday (July 19th, 2016).

In reaction thousands took to the streets the following day.

“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, 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. […]

At least eight people were killed in clashes in southern Mexico over the weekend when police and members of a teachers’ union faced off in violent confrontations, a senior state official said, piling fresh pressure on the country’s embattled ruling party.

Violence erupted on Sunday when police dislodged protesters blocking a highway in the southern state of Oaxaca, a hotbed of dissent from radical teachers’ groups opposed to education reforms pushed through by the government three years ago.

oaxSpeaking on local radio early on Monday, Jorge Ruiz, Oaxaca’s state secretary for public safety, said eight people died in two separate confrontations, raising the death toll in the clashes from a previous tally of six.

He said six people died near the town of Nochixtlan, about 50 miles (80 km) northwest of the city of Oaxaca, while two others were killed in related protests in Juchitan, in the southeast of Oaxaca state. […]

Thousands of teachers protested in southern Mexico on today (July 20th, 2016) to denounce a “massacre” a day after at least eight people died during violence authorities blamed on unidentified gunmen.

A teachers union organized the demonstration in the tourist city of Oaxaca to demand justice for the deaths during a protest yesterday, while some 15 masked protesters launched fireworks at police during today’s march.”