Clashes Draw Support for Teachers’ Protest in Mexico

26/06/16 The New York Times 

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NOCHIXTLÁN, Mexico — The battle over education here has suddenly turned literal.

Violent protests have claimed the lives of at least nine people in little more than a week, littered the roads with the charred remains of cargo trucks, and tapped a deep vein of anger and mistrust toward the government.

Thousands of students here in the southern state of Oaxaca have been without school for months as their teachers have taken to the streets, rejecting national efforts to improve the enormous, abysmal education system.

But after government forces clashed with demonstrators here in the town of Nochixtlán last week, leaving at least nine dead and dozens wounded, the protest movement appears to have gained steam, plunging President Enrique Peña Nieto’s signature education changes deeper into controversy.

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