More than 10,000 people marched in Morelia in support of striking teachers in Oaxaca and Chiapas.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
June 21, 2016
Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico – On Tuesday, Michoacan Tres Punto Zero reported that more than 10,000 people marched in Morelia in solidarity with the Oaxaca and Chiapas striking teachers who oppose Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto’s (EPN) oppressive educational reforms. The following communities participated in the 10,000 march on Tuesday in support of the Oaxaca and Chiapas teachers strike, Nahuatzen, Paracho, Sevina, Comachuén, Pichátaro, Zirahuen, Santa Fe de la Laguna, Uricho, Cuanajo, Tirindaro, Zopoco, Ichan, San Felipe de los Herreros, Capacuaro, Apo del Rosario, Caltzontzin, Sicuicho, Caltzontzin, San Angel Zurumucapio, Pamatacuaro, Cherato, Cheratillo, Oruscato, 18 de marzo, Comunidades del Sur and Nuevo Zirosto.
Zacatecas and Michoacan have joined Oaxaca and Chiapas striking teachers movement.
At least 12 people including teachers were killed, 45 injured and more than 100 arrested in Nochixtlán, Oaxaca on Sunday after Federal Police gunfired upon protesters, according to social media reports.
More protests including marches will continue and a national strike in 31 Mexican states has been called by the striking teacher’s syndicates (Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (CNTE), the National Coordinating Syndicate of Workers in Education) in Mexico condemning EPN’s educational oppressive reforms.
A major strike is planned by doctors and other service providers in protest against the EPN reforms joining teachers in a strike nationally. Both groups say, that federal PRI legislators failed to inform and include a process of dialogue with them before approving the reforms affecting the medical industry and educational system. Some doctors will work under protest, some will stop working and others will march.
But in the long run, the longer the strike is prolonged, it will affect medical treatment for many patients.