Thursday, June 15, 2006

Mexican Government Attacks Striking Teachers

The Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) and the Other Campaign has released an informative bulletin regarding the repression of the Oaxaca Democratic Teachers’ Union in Oaxaca. According to EZLN leader Subcomandante Marcos, on June 14th at 4:30 in the morning, a group of police raided a camp where striking teachers were sleeping. The teachers were striking to "demand better working conditions and against the authoritarian government of Ulises Ruiz."

Teachers face off against Mexican police.

In addition to attempting to break the strike, Mexican police have also destroyed facilities owned by the EZLN and the Other Campaign, including the building housing alternative radio station “Radio Plantón". The Special Forces Police Unit has arrested 12 teachers, injured several people, and possibly forced a pregnant women to miscarriage with tear gas. According to the report, the teachers have retaken the town center in Oaxaca City and are holding it.

These actions by the Mexican government comes after waves of state repression in the city of San Salvador Atenco in early May. Riots began in Atenco after police beat and arrested native flower vendors who set up stands on the of property of a soon-to-be Wal-Mart. The EZLN has been deeply involved with assisting the victims of both of these incidents. Marcos is calling on all alternative media outlets to give these striking teachers and their EZLN allies a voice.