Teachers block traffic at Mexico-Guatemala border

 

Members of the CNTE teachers’ union in Oaxaca and Chiapas maintains at least 20 blockades, including three at international border crossings with Guatemala. Affected are the Talismán crossing in Tuxtla Chico, Ciudad Hidalgo in Suchiate and Ciudad Cuauhtémoc in Frontera Comalapa. The union says they will remain until the Mexican government repeals its education reforms.

Initially, there were signs that that the union and its sympathizers were relenting somewhat to the government demand that the highway blockades in Oaxaca and Chiapas must come down before there is further dialogue.

There were broad hints by the federal government last week that it would move to clear the blockades in Oaxaca and Chiapas, but nothing materialized, likely for fear of another violent confrontation such that which took place June 19 when police attempted to clear the blockade at Nochixtlán. At least nine teachers died.

Members of the CNTE have said that the blockades will not be removed, they will continue with the protests throughout borders and highways.

 

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