The Ugly Reality of Police Violence Against Mexico’s Protesters

06/28/16 CityLab

The photos are reminiscent of a war zone: hundreds of people run through the streets, shooting, launching tear gas, throwing stones and firing rockets. In the background, cars burn and the wounded await medical attention.

Nine have died since a violent clash erupted just over a week ago in Oaxaca, Mexico, between police and protesters. Most of the protestors are teachers from Section 22 of Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (CNTE), a teachers’ union that opposes education reforms put in place by President Enrique Peña Nieto. The country’s public education system is in a dire state, and the reforms have been supported in other parts of the country.

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