Teachers and police clash in Chiapas

The confrontation between teachers and police in Tuxtla. Photo: Chiapas ParaleloThe confrontation between teachers and police in Tuxtla. Photo: Chiapas Paralelo

By: Isaín Mandujano

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

TUXTLA GUTIÉRREZ, Chis . – Federal and state police confronted this morning with members of the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) who tried to block east and west accesses and exits to and from this capital, with a result of one police agent and several teachers injured.

The police arrived at the point known as La Pochota, at the exit for Oaxaca and Mexico City, and they took up positions. Almost immediately the teachers blocked vehicle movement, while helicopters flew over the zone.

Minutes before, at the eastern exit from this capital, on the stretch known as Parque Chiapasiónate, which connects with the state’s Highlands and Jungle regions, the teachers threw sticks and stones at the police, and they responded with tear gas and threw back the stones.

The incident took place near “Dr. Gilberto Gómez Maza” hospital, where relatives of the patients, who were spending the night outside the hospital, suffered effects from the gas.

Various vehicles that were parked nearby also got damaged, among them one belonging to the Megacable Company.

The following teachers were injured in the brawl: Blanca Nelly Agustín Argueta, of Huehuetan; Verónica Vilches Espinosa, of Tuxtla Gutierrez, and Juana Maria Solís Gómez, of Chiapa de Corzo. It was also reported that one police agent was injured by a firecracker that exploded in his face.

Parallel to that clash, bureaucrat workers who demonstrated in front of the government palace withdrew before the possible arrival of federal and state police to evict the teachers from Sections 7 and 40 of the National Education Workers Union (SNTE) who have been posted there for 11 days to demand the overthrow of the education reform.

Originally Published in Spanish by Proceso.com

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