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Mexican gov't strikes Mexican teachers, leaving 5 dead
by bianca
Thursday Jun 15th, 2006 5:51 PM
In its latest violent atrocity against labour and social movements,
the Mexican government has attacked striking Mexican teachers, leaving five dead. For over two weeks the Mexican teachers' union section in Oaxaca state has been carrying out an incredible campaign of growing protests and direct actions in support of their demands for higher wages and increased school funding. At their most recent march a few days ago in the state capital, over a 120 000 people participated.
The teachers' movement in Oaxaca has broad popular support and has linked up with other labour and human rights struggles.

The state government of Oaxaca, and possibly soon the federal government as well, have chosen to attempt to violently repress this movement, as Mexican authorities did with the attack by thousands of police on the townspeople of Atenco on May 3-4 leaving two dead, and the attack by police on striking steel workers in the city of Lazaro Cardenas late last April, leaving three workers dead. Please read the message on the current situation in Oaxaca and if you're able, get in contact with other people and organize a protest at a consulate office of the Mexican government nearest you.

Why its especially important to take action: As the recent examples
above indicate, Mexican authorities appear to be escalating the
violence metted out against the increasingly active and well organized popular social movements who are threatening the current neoliberal model of the holding down of wages and the privatization of social services. These events are also occuring in the context of the upcoming federal election less than three weeks away, for which the right seeks to demonstrate its policies of "el mano dura" (the hard hand) against dissident movements. There has to be a strong international backlash against this direction of the government, in solidarity with the social movements, to try to break this current policy of violent represion.

In the weeks before the police attacks today, the Oaxacan teachers had been mobilizing on a scale unseen in decades in order to try to win improvements in conditions for themselves as workers, and for their students and communities. They have been an inspiration for many other labour and social movements. As the letter below mentions, they are still holding the line and not letting this violence break the strike. Please take action wherever is possible for you.

In solidarity,
Paul Bocking,
International Solidarity Commission, IWW
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