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Tens of Thousands of Teachers Hold 'Mega March' in Mexico City

The teachers have tried to discuss the contentious education reform, but the federal government has told them that the president will not discuss it at all.

Tens of thousands of dissident teachers from the CNTE union in Mexico marched Friday in central Mexico City to demand the repeal of the education reform implemented by President Enrique Peña Nieto in 2013.

Teachers, who are considered “radicals” by the government of Peña Nieto, reject the evaluations contained in the controversial law since they consider that these tests do not really measure teaching skills and do not take into account the special knowledge needed to teach in rural areas and Indigenous communities. They also say the law is designed to allow for mass layoffs.

The union leaders tried to get an appointment with Peña Nieto but the federal government has told them that the president will meet only if they accept the reform. 

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Dissident teachers from the CNTE union in Mexico are considered “radicals” by the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto.
Dissident teachers from the CNTE union in Mexico are considered “radicals” by the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto. Photo:teleSUR / Clayton Conn
Tens of thousands of dissident teachers from the CNTE union in Mexico marched in Reforma avenue in Mexico City, May 27, 2016.
Tens of thousands of dissident teachers from the CNTE union in Mexico marched in Reforma avenue in Mexico City, May 27, 2016. Photo:Reuters
Disident teachers reject the education reform implemented by President Enrique Peña Nieto in 2013.
Disident teachers reject the education reform implemented by President Enrique Peña Nieto in 2013. Photo:teleSUR / Clayton Conn
Protesters marched Friday in central Mexico City as authorities deployed thousands of officers to safeguard monuments.
Protesters marched Friday in central Mexico City as authorities deployed thousands of officers to safeguard monuments. Photo:teleSUR / Clayton Conn
Teachers have been in an ongoing protest since 2013, when Peña Nieto unveiled his education reform.
Teachers have been in an ongoing protest since 2013, when Peña Nieto unveiled his education reform. Photo:teleSUR / Clayton Conn
The National Coordination of Education Workers (CNTE) groups more than 100,000 teachers across the country.
The National Coordination of Education Workers (CNTE) groups more than 100,000 teachers across the country. Photo:teleSUR / Clayton Conn
The “mega march” was joined by different social movements and the relatives of the 43 forcibly disappeared Ayotzinapa students.
The “mega march” was joined by different social movements and the relatives of the 43 forcibly disappeared Ayotzinapa students. Photo:teleSUR / Clayton Conn
The 43 students
The 43 students' relatives protested to commemorate 20 months since their loved ones were forcibly disappeared. Photo:teleSUR / Clayton Conn
Protesting teachers say they were trying to talk with authorities in order to present alternatives to the reform, but they were attacked and threatened by federal police officers.
Protesting teachers say they were trying to talk with authorities in order to present alternatives to the reform, but they were attacked and threatened by federal police officers. Photo:teleSUR / Clayton Conn
For more than a decade teachers in Mexico have staged a number of protests, mostly in the impoverished and violent southeast states of Oaxaca, Michoacan, Guerrero and Chiapas.
For more than a decade teachers in Mexico have staged a number of protests, mostly in the impoverished and violent southeast states of Oaxaca, Michoacan, Guerrero and Chiapas. Photo:teleSUR / Clayton Conn
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