Government Fires Thousands of Striking Teachers, Force from Protest Camp
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May 21, 2016
View of the camp mounted by CNTE teachers near the Interior Ministry in Mexico City, Mexico on May 16, 2016. (EFE)
Mexico's secretary of education said Thursday that more than three thousand teachers from the states of Guerrero, Oaxaca and Michoacan would be fired for missing three consecutive days of work without justification, despite the fact the teachers have missed work as a result of being on strike over a series of reforms forced upon them by the federal government.
A spokesperson from the National Coordinator of Education Workers, a leftist breakaway from the national teachers' union, said they would keep their strike going despite the threat of dismissal.
“We are on maximum alert. If the federal government insists on maintaining its policy of closed-mindedness, we too will refuse to quit,” said the spokesperson.
Teachers had been holding a sit-in protest in front of the offices of the secretariat of the interior but left after the Federal Police threatened to remove them by force.
The teachers then set up a camp in front of the secretariat of education but were forcibly removed by the police in the middle of the night on Friday and placed on buses.
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Related: Protest in Mexico City Ends But Union Vows It Will Continue to Fight (Mexico News Daily)
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