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Mexico: Teachers fight police over education reform01:00

Mexico: Teachers fight police over education reform

Mexico, Mexico City
September 11, 2013 at 22:26 GMT +00:00 · Published

Mexico: Teachers fight police over education reform

Thousands of teachers fought with riot police in the centre of Mexico City on Wednesday, as members of the CNTE education union marched to the residence of President Enrique Peña Nieto to protest new legislation for compulsory evaluations.

In an attempt to block their advance, Mexican federal police and city riot officers clashed with the march of around 12,000, leading to reports of injuries on both sides and forcing the police to retreat. The protest blocked two of Mexico City's major avenues, paralysing the city for the 14th time in the last two months.

The national day of protest was called by the National Education Workers Coordinating Committee (CNTE). The union is the smaller of the country's two main teachers' organisations, with the larger union backing the new bill.

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Mexico: Teachers fight police over education reform

Thousands of teachers fought with riot police in the centre of Mexico City on Wednesday, as members of the CNTE education union marched to the residence of President Enrique Peña Nieto to protest new legislation for compulsory evaluations.

In an attempt to block their advance, Mexican federal police and city riot officers clashed with the march of around 12,000, leading to reports of injuries on both sides and forcing the police to retreat. The protest blocked two of Mexico City's major avenues, paralysing the city for the 14th time in the last two months.

The national day of protest was called by the National Education Workers Coordinating Committee (CNTE). The union is the smaller of the country's two main teachers' organisations, with the larger union backing the new bill.