Arrest of Union Boss Leads to Week of Clashes, Deaths in Mexico

06/24/16 NBC News

Ruben Nunez, leader of the Seccion 22, of the Mexican teacher’s National Coordination of Education Workers (CNTE), attends a demonstration in front of Los Pinos, in Mexico City, Mexico, on June 11. According to media reports, Nunez was arrested by Mexican police along with other union leaders on charges of aggravated robbery and money laundering.

The CNTE blocked streets of Oaxaca, Mexico on June 15, where people stripped the police of their shields.The CNTE, a powerful union group with about 200,000 members across the country, is protesting against mandatory evaluation of teachers incorporated in the educational reform of 2013. Nunez is secretary general of the CNTE’s Section 22 in the southern state of Oaxaca, a longstanding hotbed of resistance to government efforts to reform the education system.

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