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Despite the mass attendance at Monday's protest, government officials said classes will begin as normal after summer vacation.
Some 30,000 teachers from the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) union took to the streets in the Mexican state of Oaxaca Monday, protesting against the government's planned education reforms in the state that plans to essentially dissolve the union.
Members of the CNTE from 106 municipalities across the state joined in the city of Oaxaca, the region's capital, for a mega march.
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In a statement made last week in clear reference to the conflict with Section 22 of the National Coordinating Committee of Education Workers (CNTE), governor Gabino Cué said that “the State must have be strong in order to apply the law and Oaxaca is lacking in strength.” A further statement made by the governor on Tuesday, June 21 announced the dissolution of the State Institute of Public Education (IEEPO) and the creation of a new official body. These acts foreshadow a new wave of repression and criminalization in Oaxaca, this time directed against public educators.
This blow to the CNTE has been in the works since at least June when the government brought in the Army, the Gendarmerie, the Federal Police (PF), and the State Police in an effort to “protect elections”. Since then, there has been a constant presence of members of the Gendarmerie in Oaxaca City, with officers lodged in various hotels throughout the city. During this time, they have committed abuses of authority towards the citizenry and carried out work that does not fall under their responsibility, such as directing traffic in the city.
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By Gabriela Gorbea
After years of proposals, protests, popular resistance, and a constitutional reform law passed under President Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico this week finally opened up its nationalized oil industry to private money.
But once the auctioning for new exploration began on Wednesday, it turned out to be a flop.
Mexico successfully auctioned off only two out of 14 oil exploration fields it put on the block, as most industry heavyweights stayed away and some potential bidders apparently didn't want meet the government's minimum prices.
Call it another embarrassment for a country still reeling from the unprecedented second jail escape of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, and a reminder of the problems that Mexico's oil industry still faces going forward.
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Activists led by artist Francisco Toledo temporarily interrupted construction of a massive convention center project within the Cerro del Fortín nature reserve in Oaxaca City.
The Oaxaca state government was forced to halt construction on a parking garage in the Cerro del Fortín, a protected nature reserve, after activists won a second injunction from a judge on Wednesday, June 10. The parking lot, planned as part of a convention center complex, has faced opposition from residents as well as the activists. “We are not against the construction of a convention center,” said renowned artist Francisco Toledo. “But such projects should be well-planned and should require the consensus of the people.”
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56 NGOs Appeal to the International Community from Oaxaca
Mexico is facing an unprecedented political crisis. The violence that has taken place during the current electoral process—21 political assassinations during the campaign season—far surpasses that of previous national elections and it is the outcome of impunity, corruption, violence, and collusion with organized crime perpetrated by both political parties and the government at all three levels.
The mobilizations that are taking place in Mexico are the result of a profound institutional and political crisis, arising from the series of reforms—labor, fiscal, electoral, energy, and educational—passed without the consensus of the population and pushed by the government of Enrique Peña Nieto to benefit national and transnational businesses, not the majority of the population.
The large presence of police and military in Oaxaca since the afternoon of June 5th—with the arrival of thousands of federal police officers, members of the gendarmerie, soldiers, and marines—to “safeguard” the federal midterm elections on June 7th and to recover the offices of the National Electoral Institute (INE by its initials in Spanish) that were occupied by the teachers’ union, do not contribute to generate a climate of trust and freedom needed for such a democratic exercise. The militarization of a social conflict shows an alarming return to authoritarianism.