Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Oaxaca, Mexico: The striking teachers bail out

This past Sunday, a contingent of APPO supporters began a march to Mexico City. They have been invited by AMLO to take up residence on Reforma Boulevard, probably close to the American Embassy. They stopped in Etla, just north of Oaxaca, where they were to be addressed by Sr. Rueda Pacheco, head of the striking teachers' union. Rueda Pacheco was lustily booed off the stage and had to be hustled away by his assistants to avoid injury.

The APPO is now eating its own. Remember that it was Rueda Pacheco and the state's teachers who started all this way back in May. The ongoing and increasing violence by the thugs from APPO has chased away the teachers.
It has been reported to me by state government officials that they believe that only about 10,000 of the 70,000 striking teachers are in favor of continuing the strike and the actions in the streets in Oaxaca City as well as throughout the rest of the state. The remaining 60,000 want a settlement and a return to work.

The photos show teachers in their classrooms in the city of Ixtepec in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. This group of teachers, in School Zone 068, voted on Monday to return to work. I'm not sure how many there are but it would be a significant number.

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