Parents will reject Substitute Teachers if the SEP fires CNTE Teachers
Parents hold assembly in Chiapas. Photo: Chiapas Paralelo.
By: Isaín Mandujano
TUXTLA GUTIÉRREZ, Chiapas. – After nine days of the work stoppage, teachers of the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) and parents’ committees from at least 60 municipios of Chiapas formed alliances for continuing the teachers movement in the state.
After an assembly held on Sunday and the big march held this Monday morning, parents promised the teachers they would close all the schools that are still holding classes and said that they will not accept substitutes who arrive in the classrooms in case there are mass firings of teachers. 
Representatives of at least 60 Chiapas municipalities arrived at the assembly of parents that was held in the installations of Section 7 of the National Education Workers Union (SNTE), with the attendance of at least one thousand personas.
On the weekend the mothers and fathers held different marches in support of the teachers in diverse municipalities. In Huixtla, on the Chiapas Coast, they closed the doors to the Municipal Palace; in San Cristóbal and also in Comitán they initiated the collection of provisions to take to the encampment of teachers. In the capital of Chiapas they held a large mobilization today, and they have constantly been taking food to the ones that are in the occupation.
The resolutions that the assembly of parents announced after the meeting with the teachers are: the closure of schools, public acts of support and not permitting substitute teachers to arrive in the classrooms; also “to seek the intervention of the UN and to promote a political case against Enrique Peña Nieto and Manuel Velasco Coello.”
 On Friday, May 20, 2016, the Secretariat of Public Education (SEP) announced the firing of 3,119 teachers in Guerrero, Oaxaca and Michoacán that had 4 consecutive absences due to the strike. The next day, the SEP announced that 1,134 striking Chiapas teachers would be fired for having four or more absences due to the strike.
Originally Published in Spanish by Proceso.com.mx
Monday, May 23, 2016
Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee