WITH A MEGA-MARCH IN TUXTLA, THE CNTE CHIAPAS RATIFIES THAT THE SCHOOL CYCLE DOESN’T START
“The school cycle ought to start today, but all the teachers are protesting here because of the government’s obstinacy,” said members of the National Coordinator Nacional of Education Workers (CNTE), after a march of more than 100 thousand teachers from the west to the Chiapas capital’s central plaza, 100 days after the teachers initiated their strike in protest over the self-named “education reform,” which the administration of Peña Nieto has wanted to implement in the country, even using public force to achieve his objective.
During the meeting in Tuxtla’s central park, upon welcoming the different contingents that participated in the mega-march, the question was if they were tired now, to which the teachers answered with a resounding NO, despite the long walk, despite the strong rain, despite the 100 days. The teachers emphasized that the reason for being of the teachers’ movement are precisely the students, parents and public education in Mexico.
“We are challenging the state’s authoritarianism; there is not one single educational level that is not in the movement,” they stated upon seeing the arrival of delegations of basic and middle higher education, as well as teachers’ college students, parents, retirees and social organizations in solidarity.
From Chiapas the CNTE spokespersons waved the checkered flag on stage three of the teachers’ movement magisterial that started last May 15, in which despite the fact that it will be critical and complex they will carry out more devastating actions, they assured. The CNTE movement called on the government to give an immediate response to the demand for abrogation of the “education reform,” the appearance with life of the teachers college students from Ayotzinapa Guerrero and the freedom of political prisoners in Mexico.
Members of Sections 7 and 40 of the CNTE affirmed that after more than three months, the movement remains alive and seeks a “democratic education, an alternative education project that goes from below to above.” They likewise warned that the media lynching against them would increase; therefore they will keep the parents continuously informed, who as of this date have been supporting them. “We have the support of all the aggrieved people,” they assured.
In his participation in support of the teachers’ movement, Father Marcelo Pérez representing the parish of the Simojovel community, asked those present if they were afraid, to which those present responded with a resounding NO, even after Peña Nieto’s threats to use public force against the dissident teachers. “In the face of tyranny, the people have the right to fight for the homeland and for liberty. If they touch the teachers they touch all of us,” the Chiapan parish priest assured. “They are on alert in the different communities to defend our teachers,” the religious man added.
Originally Published in Spanish by Pozol Colectivo
Monday, August 22, 2016
Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee