Municipal police in Chihuahua repelled protesters assault of the governing palace.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
June 22, 2016
Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico – On Wednesday, hundreds of protesters assaulted the Chihuahua state governing palace chanting for PRI Governor César Horacio Duarte Jáquez to resign. The crowds broke the palace front doors and municipal police from inside attempted to repell the protesters with pepper gas. Legislators from the PRI political party are deemed to be corrupt and a movement has been sparked by a major teacher’s strike against the privatization of the education system and medical services. Teachers and supporters have been protesting since about a week and the doctors including nurses in multiple states have joined in the protest on Wednesday against the corrupt PRI controlling federal legislative body and Mexican Enrique Peña Nieto’s education and medical reforms deemed to oppress teachers, doctors and nurses.
So far, teachers, doctors, nurses and workers from the states of Oaxaca, Chiapas, Michoacan, Chihuahua, Guerrero and Iztacalco, one of six delegations of Mexico’s Federal District continue protests and mega marches throughout the states. Thousands of people in Monterrey, Nuevo León; Teziutlan, Puebla; Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco; Ciudad Juárez; Zacatecas; San Luis Potosi; Tamaulipas; Durango; Mazatlán, Sinaloa; Saltillo, Coahuila and Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz have joined the striking teachers and doctors national movement against EPN.
EPN’s government have frozen the bank accounts of the teacher’s syndicates (Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (CNTE), the National Coordinating Syndicate of Workers in Education), which CNTE began to collect dues in cash to fund the movement against EPN.
Yesterday, the PRI legislators in Quintana Roo approved state Constitutional reforms that allows outgoing PRI Governor Roberto Borge Angulo’s appointed supporters to remain in office for 9 years after his term expires at the end of the year. Each appointee will earn between $80,000 pesos ($4.4K U.S.) to $100,000 pesos ($5.5K U.S.) and no accountability, deficit audit or criminal investigations will proceed to account for the more than $22 mil millones de pesos ($1.2B U.S.) state budget deficit of misappropriated pesos while Borge Angulo was in office.
Protests are being organized as well in Quintana Roo against the PRI corrupt legislators and Governor Borge Angulo.
At least 11 people have been reported killed in protests by the Mexican Federal Police who fired upon unarmed teachers, hundreds have been arrested and more than 45 people have been injured. The dead and injured toll is expected to rise as protests coninue against EPN’s corrupt and oppressive educational and medical reforms.