Teacher Strike Sparks Violence in Oaxaca, Mexico (Photos)

Mark in Mexico documents the results of an attempt to send in police to break up a teachers’ strike in Oaxaca, Mexico. He has an extensive firsthand account and several photos.

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Reuters reports: “The teachers union said two of its members and a child were killed when police forced the teachers out of the main square in the city of Oaxaca, but state Governor Ulises Ruiz denied that on local radio.”

Teacher Strike Sparks Violence in Oaxaca, Mexico Photo 3 Striking teachers run away from tear gas during violent clashes with state riot police during a protest in Oaxaca's main square about 188 miles southwest of Mexico City June 14, 2006. REUTERS/Jorge Luis Plata

IndyMedia is terming it a “massacre.”

BBC reports that the teachers have agreed to a “temporary halt” to the protest and to enter into talks with the government.

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  1. RA says:

    This Indymedia is a left-wing peacenick who would relish the murder of our troops everywhere in the world. Unions, homosexuals, and anti-American protesters are “massacred” when 2-3 die but when 3000 Americans are murdered on 9-11, they are little Eichmens and deserve it. Never believe anything you hear from the leftist press until it is verified by a reliable source!

  2. DL says:

    In either case -remember -“It’s for the children”

  3. marketfresh says:

    I’m a left-wing peacenik but I agree, to an extent, with your Indymedia remark. It is far from a reliable source, one merely has to recognize the tell-tale signs of inflamatory and propagandistic speech. However,I beg to differ with your “anti-America” remark…being opposed to war, corporate greed, and an utterly corrupt government (both Dems and Reps) does not make one “anti-American.” It’s a shame that American teachers can’t organize like this, minus the police violence of course.

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  5. J. R. "Bob" Dobbs says:

    The Christianazi media only care about Natalee Holloway. Independent media rules!