Mexican Police Murdered 9 At Education Protest

A Mexican teacher protest against neoliberal education policies turned deadly on Sunday, with nine people killed, after police unleashed gunfire on the demonstrators’ road blockade.

According to TeleSUR, teachers from the dissident union, Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (CNTE), “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,” which they said, were politically motivated.

With scant reporting, much of the details of the have emerged on social media, includingreports that police attacked an elementary school being used as a makeshift clinic to treat the more than 100 wounded.

Police denied that the original shots were fired by them. “Mexico’s National Security Commission originally said in a statement that the police officers involved in the operation near the town of Nochixtlan were not carrying guns,” BBC reports. “But federal police chief Enrique Galindo later said that an armed unit was deployed after shots were fired at the police and the protesters by ‘unidentified people’ not linked to the demonstration.”

However, national security commissioner Renato Sales Heredia warned last week that the government would employ a “moderate use of force” to repress the ongoing mobilization.

TeleSUR further reports: “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.”

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