6 people were eliminated and 53 injured in Mexico on Sunday when clashes broke out in between members of an instructors’ trade union and cops at a demonstration that police say had actually been penetrated by armed individuals who shot at policemans and tossed petroleum bombs. The violence appeared as anti-riot police moved in to dislodge protesters obstructing a highway in the southern state of Oaxaca. Television video footage showed chaotic scenes of males ranging from cops as gun fire rang out. It was the worst occurrence in a wave of demonstrations over the previous several months versus education reforms that the federal government pressed through 3 years back. Enrique Galindo, the head of Mexico’s federal authorities, stated masked people who were not connected to the union were behind much of the violence, lobbing Molotov cocktails and shooting at authorities and civilians. “These kinds of radicalized demonstrations create violence,” he told a news conference in the state capital of Oaxaca City.
State Governor Gabino Hint offered the casualty figures, and said the majority of those who died were youths and only two had “connect to the union.” The demonstration on Sunday near the town of Nochixtlan, about 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Oaxaca City was the latest of a number of in current days that saw protesters obstructing other highways with burning tires. Previously in the day, authorities escorted 120 tanker trucks bring chemical waste from the neighboring Salina Cruz refinery, owned and run by state-run oil company Pemex.
On Friday, Pemex alerted it might be compelled to shut operations at the refinery in “a few days” if the highway blockade persisted. The unrest escalated after authorities jailed the leader of the local instructors’ union during the previous weekend. Ruben Nunez, head of one of the most combative factions of Mexico’s CNTE union, was detained on suspicion of corruption.
Nunez is secretary general of the CNTE’s Area 22 in Oaxaca, a hotbed of resistance to government efforts to reform the education system. Similar, if less violent demonstrations, have frequently caused mayhem in Mexico City. CNTE has actually led efforts to withstand the education reform, in specific its mandate to perform examinations of teachers. (Reporting by David Alire Garcia and Luis Rojas; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore).