leaders have condemned the killing of at least eight people during a
teacher’s protest last Sunday in the state of Oaxaca.
protests led by the militant CNTE teachers' union in Mexico continue,
the country's doctors are set to join in the job action, calling for
a national strike on June 22 to protest a neoliberal reform to the
health system imposed by President Enrique Peña Nieto.
group #YoSoyMedico17, which is comprised of doctors, pediatricians,
surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses, has been joined by more than
200,000 physicians from 32 states in opposing the so-called Universal
Health System reform by Peña Nieto. The medical professionals say
the measure is a "disguised way of privatizing health in
Mexico," and said doctors were not consulted on the reform,
according to Animal Politico.
doctors' protest will join the ongoing national general strike by
also condemned the killing of at least eight people during a
teachers' protest last Sunday in the state of Oaxaca, and denounced
what they call intimidation and repression by authorities, as well as
to doctors, as violence has increased in Mexico they have suffered
the consequences of crimes like kidnappings, enforced disappearances
and killings that have gone unpunished by authorities.
Peña Nieto has introduced a number of radical measures, including 11
neoliberal structural reforms in education, health and the energy
sector, during his first 20 months.
of thousands of teachers have been protesting since May, demanding a
meetings with Peña Nieto and his ministers to discuss the education
reform. However Peña Nito and his education minister, Aurelio Nuño,
have refused to talk with the union leaders.
a joint communique, the National Indigenous Congress and the EZLN
condemn the Mexican state's deadly violence in Oaxaca.
National Indigenous Congress, CNI, and the Zapatista National
Liberation Army, EZLN, condemned Monday the “cowardly police
with the CNTE union, and against the Indigenous community of
Nochixtlan in Oaxaca, violence that left at least a dozen dead and
dozens more injured.
with the cowardly repressive attack suffered by the teachers and the
community in Nochixtlan, Oaxaca," the statement reads, teachers
should know "that they are not alone, that we know that reason
and truth are on their side, that the collective dignity from which
they speak their resistance is unbreakable, and that this (is) the
principal weapon of those of us below."
statement condemns the state's "escalation of repression,"
including “unfair detention and now assassinations,” not just in
Oaxaca, but in Chiapas, Guerrero and Michoacan.
groups demand the state immediately release detained teachers and
call for solidarity from civil society against the “neoliberal
capitalist reform that they call 'education reform.'”
state violence carried out against the protest, according to both
social organizations, reflects the violence also carried out against
Indigenous and rural communities.
ones who delight in power decided that education, health, Indigenous
and campesinos territories, and even peace and security, are a
commodity for whoever can afford them, and that rights are not rights
but products and services that can be grabbed, stripped, destroyed,
negotiated according to what big capital dictates."
were attempting to evict teachers from a road blockade on the
Oaxaca-Puebla highway on June 19 in the municipality of Nochixtlan
when gunfire erupted, leading to violent clashes that lasted
approximately four hours.
from the dissident CNTE union, also known as Section 22, had set up
the blockade as part of protests over an education reform implemented
by President Enrique Peña Nieto and the arrest of several of the
unions' leaders over the past week.
Nieto unveiled an education reform in 2013 as part of a set of 11
neoliberal reforms implemented in his first 20 months of power.
controversial law imposes teacher evaluations in order to determine
which applicants will be chosen to fill open posts in the public
school system nationwide. Critics say the testing only justifies mass
layoffs and does not effectively measure teaching skills, like the
special knowledge and demeanor needed to teach in rural areas and
PAME that represents the class trade union movement of Greece expresses its solidarity to the fighting people of Mexico, we salute the mobilizations of the teachers of Mexico and we condemn the murders and oppression against the militant workers.
The antiworkers, anti-educational measures of the Mexican Government, aiming the further subjugation of education and the teachers under the logic of profits, of the markets, of exploitation, is the cause of the many day mobilizations of the teachers the last period. This policy wants the poor uneducated, and the teachers to become agitators of an unjust system of poverty and misery. Proof of the rottenness of the exploitative system are the murderous attacks of the Mexican Government against the workers who fight for their rights and the education of their children.
PAME condemns the oppression and the murders of militant workers. The class trade union movement of Greece expresses its solidarity with the workers of Mexico and the trade union organizations, members and friends of WFTU, who are at the frontline of the struggle.