Striking teachers to resume classes in Mexico after 2 months
AFPMEXICO CITY--A Mexican union representing thousands of striking teachers announced Monday that they will return to their schools after protests that left 1.3 million children without class for almost two months.
October 9, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
On strike since the school year began on Aug. 19, the dissident CNTE union said in a statement that teachers from the southern state of Oaxaca will return to work in some 13,500 schools on Oct. 14.
Teachers from Oaxaca and other states have taken part in several protests in Mexico City over the past two months in a failed bid to derail an education reform championed by President Enrique Pena Nieto.
The protesters caused major traffic jams in the congested megalopolis, blocked access to the international airport and managed to prevent lawmakers from attending a session of Congress.
The teachers camped out in the city's historic Zocalo square for weeks until riot police dislodged them last month.