Mexico's state federal police launched a new push against Mexico's striking teachers in Oaxaca in the latest stage of what the organized teachers have called a "big media, police and military offensive” to enforce unpopular President Enrique Peña Nieto's controversial neoliberal education reforms.
Mexican police attacked teachers striking against neoliberal education reforms in the southern state of Oaxaca Sunday morning, killing at least eight people and leaving dozens more injured.
The eight dead are Oscar Aguilar Ramírez, 25, Andrés Sanabria García, 23, Anselmo Cruz Aquino, 33, Yalit Jiménez Santiago, 28, Oscar Nicolás Santiago, Omar González Santiago, 22, Antonio Perez García, and Jesús Cadena Sánchez, 19. They were shot and killed when police opened fire on the blockade.
Police were attempting to evict teachers from a blockade erected on the Oaxaca-Puebla highway in the municipality of Nochixtlan when gunfire erupted, leading to violent clashes that lasted approximately four hours.
Teachers from the dissident CNTE union 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 on trumped-up pretexts over the past week.
Teachers also reported no-knock raids, enforced disappearances of strike leaders, and blackouts throughout areas of Oaxaca sympathetic to the strike, while leaders from the SNTE and CNTE's Section 22 union local pledged to continue fighting the neoliberal education reforms of the Peña Nieto government.