On Sunday in Mexico, police fired on teachers demonstrating in Oaxaca, in the south of the country. According to official sources, eight people are dead, more than 50 were injured and 25 others were detained. Local organizations offer a graver toll: 10 dead, over 100 injured and indiscriminate arrests. The teachers have published the names of nine people killed, and a 10th victim has not yet been identified.
Police have admitted to using firearms on Sunday night, but they accuse the teachers of firing the first shots and of being “infiltrated by radical groups.” The protesters in turn denounced the presence of snipers and agents with high-caliber weapons from the beginning of the demonstration. They have dismantled the police’s version with photographs and testimonials, according to which “only at the end, when the agents were already retreating” a “support group of the Federal Police carrying large-caliber weapons” arrived to the location.
Saturday, the teachers of the Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores del Estado (National Coordinating Entity of State Workers), or CNTE, of Oaxaca held several marches and blocked roads in different parts of the highway. They were backed by student workers and other social sectors affected by the neoliberal policies of Henrique Peña Nieto. Before Sunday’s clashes, 500 teachers were attacked by 800 officers of the Federal Police in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, and they denounced the “dirty war” of the local authorities against them, conducted through misinformation.