At the primary school Francisco Zarco, which I wrote about on Monday, the APPO traveling thug review arrived earlier than the teachers, parents and children this morning. Arriving in 3 hijacked buses before the parents could get there, a gang of APPO thugs armed with clubs, boulders and a welder, set up boulders around the front entrance to the school and proceeded to weld the front gates closed.
The APPO thugs identified themselves as "colonos", or people who live in the neighborhood. No reporter thought to ask them why, if they truly lived in the neighborhood, they had arrived in hijacked buses instead of walking a couple of blocks to the school like everyone else. They told reporters that, "We built this school and we didn't give anyone permission to reopen it." The parents who had reopened the school on Monday after a confrontation with another mob said that they did not know any members of this group and that they were not locals.
The parents of the school children gathered a couple of blocks away and were holding a meeting to decide what to do. In the meantime, the parents had also armed themselves with whatever they could find lying around. This may not be over, yet.
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