TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Chiapas – Hundreds of striking teachers, joined by students and parents, blocked access to the main international airport in the southern state of Chiapas for 10 hours on Monday July 25, Mexican authorities told EFE.
With state and federal police deployed at Angel Albino Corzo International Airport, protesters led by the Chiapas branch of the militant CNTE teachers union set up blockades about a kilometer (0.6 miles) away from the terminal.
Starting at dawn, the protesters commandeered buses and used them to block all road access to the airport, forcing the cancelation of departing flights.
The airport is located in central Chiapas, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the state capital, Tuxtla Gutierrez.
“On completing 71 days of CNTE demonstrations in Chiapas, the actions will be more intense and resounding,” union spokesman Jose Luis Escobar told EFE.
The CNTE demands the repeal of a 2013 education overhaul that includes regular evaluations of teachers and ends longstanding union privileges.
The union, which is strongest in Oaxaca, Michoacan, Chiapas and Guerrero, Mexico’s poorest states, says the evaluations are punitive because they fail to take into account that schools in rural areas often lack electricity and even textbooks.
Teachers and their supporters in those four states have been mobilized since May, blocking roads and occupying public buildings.
Starting Tuesday, the CNTE vows to institute a “permanent blockade” of Tuxtla Gutierrez.
After months of ignoring the CNTE’s demands for dialogue, the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto agreed to talks after eight people were killed on June 19 when federal police opened fire on protesting teachers in Nochixtlan, Oaxaca.
Those discussions, however, have yet to produce any progress.
more recommended stories
Bomb Cyclone – Atmospheric River coming to blast the Western US
A series of potent storms is.
Demand for security in Tulum increases after the death of tourists
Citizens demand an end to the.
María José relatives demand justice in front of the Yucatán Government Palace
The relatives of Maria Jose demanded.
INEGI reports annual inflation of 6.12%, AMLO says it is temporary and there will be no peso devaluation
“The peso is in very good.
Cancun commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Paris-Cancun air route
Cancun, Quintana Roo, (October 22, 2021).-.
UANL stands as the most sustainable university in all of Mexico
The Autonomous University of Nuevo León.
Evo Morales thanks Mexico for “saving his life” 2 years ago
MEXICO, (October 22, 2021).- Almost two.
Biden under pressure as U.S.-Mexico border registers illegal immigration record figures
October 22, 2021, (Reuters) – U.S..
Sargasso from the Quintana Roo beaches rots in clandestine dumps
Tons of sargassum rot due to.
Yucatecan women the most affected by the educational lag
MÉRIDA, Yucatán (October 22, 2021).- “The educational.