Demonstrators across Mexico and the U.S. marched Friday to protest education reforms widely viewed as an attack on labor, and to demand a speedy resolution to the conflict that turned violent when police opened fire on protesters.
The rallies, in the states of Oaxaca, Guerrero, Sinaloa, Michoacan, and the U.S., represent the most recent challenge to President Enrique Pena Nieto's latest round of neoliberal reforms, which have already produced thousands of layoffs.
"We demand a halt to the repression against the Mexican people, an international investigation to punish the perpetrators, and the release of all political prisoners," said Reyna García, a protester in the U.S. state of Michigan. "The CNTE is a movement with more than 35 years of existence, and has struggled to defend free education, which still many Mexicans enjoy."
Mexico Authorities Agree to Reparations for Oaxaca Victims
Demonstrators have closed several highways in Oaxaca, but allowed vehicles transporting food, gas and emergency supplies to travel freely in and out of the state.
The Ministry of the Interior announced it will pay reparations to the dozens injured and at least 11 killed in clashes last month with police.
Deputy Secretary of Human Rights, Roberto Campa, announced the agreement late Thursday following a marathon five-hour meeting with Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, residents of Nochixtlan and members of the CNTE teachers union.