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Teachers Union Riots In Oaxaca, Mexico

From an approving Associated Press:

Clashes erupt as Mexican president visits city

February 15, 2011

OAXACA, Mexico (AP) — Police fired tear gas and clashed for several hours Tuesday with teachers protesting a visit by President Felipe Calderon to the colonial city of Oaxaca.

The protests are reminiscent of unrest that paralyzed the southern city for five months in 2006 and left at least a dozen people dead.

The Section 22 teachers union said 20 protesters were injured during the running clashes, which lasted several hours. Police at the scene said five officers were hurt. Reporter Gildardo Mota of Radio Rama said he was struck on the left leg by a bullet.

The violence broke out in Oaxaca’s main plaza as the teachers gathered to protest. The teachers threw rocks and hit police with sticks. Police fought tear gas. It was unclear who fired the live ammunition

The protesters also torched a government vehicle and beat the Oaxaca state Public Safety Secretary Marco Tulio Lopez when he tried to call for calm outside the government offices.

That’s a nice touch. Apparently they aren’t aware of Mr. Obama’s calls for more civility in political debate.

Section 22 was the same union that began the 2006 protests. That upheaval began as a teachers strike to demand higher pay but quickly ballooned into a wider movement against then-Oaxaca Gov. Ulises Ruiz, who was accused of rigging his election.

Protesters seized the main plaza for months until federal forces moved in to clear them out.

Why didn’t the Governor simply resign back then and give them the keys to his office? And, for that matter, why doesn’t Mr. Calderon resign and put this teachers union in charge of Mexico?

Isn’t this, as Mr. Obama says, ‘how real democracy works’?

Section 22 leaders said Tuesday they were protesting a decree that Calderon signed Monday giving parents tax breaks on private school tuition. The union leaders argue the measure undermines Mexico’s already struggling public schools. They threatened more protests and roadblocks in response to the police crackdown

Don’t worry. It can’t happen here.

In fact, the idea of our teachers unions rioting for more money or tax breaks for private schools is just preposterous.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, February 16th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Teachers Union Riots In Oaxaca, Mexico”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Teachers? We don’t need no steenking teachers.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Maybe they should illegally immigrate here to teach the gang bastards that they had no control of there.
    My God!!
    We spend mo’ money!!


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