Mexico Detains Leader of Dissident Teachers Group in Oaxaca State

6/12/16 The Wall Street Journal 

MEXICO CITY—Mexican authorities on Sunday detained the leader of a dissident teachers group in the southern state of Oaxaca, the stronghold of teachers opposed to the education overhaul implemented by the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Rubén Núñez was arrested on charges of using illegally obtained funds, Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office said.

The arrest of Mr. Núñez and seven other teachers leaders in Oaxaca in recent weeks, including the group’s head of finance, have decimated leadership of the militant CNTE teachers union, a sign the government may be gaining the upper hand against the group, analysts said.

“With this bold action, the government seeks to reinforce its commitment to retake control over Mexico’s education system”, said Marco Fernandez, an education expert at think tank Mexico Evaluates.

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