Teachers Attacked in Oaxaca
A teacher was taken to hospital this week after being attacked by police during a demonstration against the Mexican government's neo-liberal policies The clash took place in Oaxaca - the scene of ongoing struggles by teachers for an emancipated education system (see previous post) The following is a translation of an article in the mexican newspaper La Jornada on the latest developments, published on Tuesday:
Teachers from the Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (CNTE) and agents of the Federal pólice clashed yesterday in front of the Ministry of the Interior during a demonstration in which the teachers demanded the creation of a negotiation table to deal with their labour demands, and their rejection of the Accord for Quality Education (ACE) and the Enlace exam.
In the clash –initiated by police who had orders to clear Bucareli Ave, where the teachers waited for the return of a commission that had entered the ministry – Oaxacan teacher Ponciano Vieira, was wounded and taken to a Hospital of the ISSSTE where he remained under observation tonight.
The sound truck of Section 22 also suffered serious damage in its Windows and chassis caused by the pólice clubs. Finally the unit was recovered by the teachers who returned to the Zocalo.
Yesterday morning, teachers of the CNTE built a camp in the Zócalo, where contingents from Oaxaca, Chiapas, Michoacán, Puebla y Tlaxcala, and others continue to arrive. The tents of the teachers are beside the camp of the Mexican Electrical Workers Union.
Meanwhile, members of the National Unified Negotiating Commission of the CNTE, received in the Interior Ministry by the director of Social Agreement, Luis Carlos Migliavacca, condemning the strategy of distraction and attrition, reported that after more than an hour, most of which was a break, they were informed that no reply was available, although they had submitted the petition on April 30.
According to the plan of action, next May 28, a national mega-march will take place to demand a solution to their demands and to inaugurate the IV National Congress for Alternative Education, which will take place May 28 to 30 at the national headquarters of the CNTE and in Sección 9, at Belisario Domínguez 32, in the historic Centre.
Finally, the representatives of the CNTE decided that the route of the marches would be agreed on the night before to prevent the security forces from mobilizing in the places they plan to demonstrate.