The below photo’s come from media boots on the ground via cell phones. An attempt to keep photos and reporting from the Mexican and US public, is ongoing. Its reported that Google is blocking pictures. Sources say that the incident began with a peaceful demonstration because of recent changes in Mexican laws that relate to the performance of Mexican teachers.
One side often sees the other as union-busting corporate reformers who’ve never been inside an actual classroom yet are hell-bent on reducing all learning to meaningless, time-destroying tests and evaluations. The other, at its worst, portrays its opponents as parasitic, lazy, abusive teachers who care more about their benefits package than the children they’re supposed to be educating. Both are dangerous, inaccurate distortions that keep divisions within the education community fresh and festering. The Slate
However Codefore has learned from actual teachers, parents and others that the straw that broke the camels back was the 2013 requirement that all teachers take a monthly written test and if this test is not passed to the government reviewers satisfaction, there would be no paycheck. The teachers say these subjective tests given to them by a corrupt government and that their monthly paychecks are being stolen by the Mexican government.
The teachers in Oaxaca have the support of parents the medical profession and local business who have since closed their doors. Teacher representatives say that the general strike will not end unless the government stops the withholding of pay checks. There have been reported 6 deaths as a result of the ongoing violence.
But now the protest in Oaxaca has turned physical when Government Military, and additional police arrived to curb and put an end to the protest. This is not the first time that there has been an uprising in Oaxaca. In 2006 there was a similar uprising but the current demonstration is profoundly different in that the teachers union is supported by the Medical and Business community in defiance of the new teacher requirements imposed by the Mexican Government. Leaders of the protesting teachers have been arrested. The government claims 21 injured policemen, 3 injured by gunfire.
In response to the arrest and gunfire by the police and military spokespersons for the demonstrators have called for a general revolt against the Mexican Government. The protests and violence has since spread to the Mexican cities of Michoacan, CD DE Mexico, Los Cabos St. Lucas, Guerreo, San Pablo Huitzo and Santiaguito. One citizen told sources, “If Mr. Guzman were free he would take care of the corrupt government.”