“Our organization unites with the teachers’ movement of the CNTE” – Ejido Bachajón.
Chiapas, Mexico. July 4th. “We want to tell our compañeros, the teachers in defence of public education, that they are not alone, because our organization unites with the magisterial movement of the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) in support [of their action] against the so-called education reform that the Mexican state wants to impose,” say members of the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón, who today held a roadblock in support of the educators who have been on strike for 50 days.
“We will not allow another massacre like the one in Nochixtlán, Oaxaca, where the government acted with cruelty against parents and advocates of public education, using high-powered weapons,” added the Tzeltal indigenous in a communiqué.
Those originating from the northern-jungle region recalled that among those killed in Nochixtlán are: Andres Aguilar Sanabria, professor of Indigenous Education; Yalid Jimenez Santiago, a 29-year-old native of the Santa Maria Apazco district of Nochixtlán, who was travelling in a van which was crossed with their gun shots, Oscar Nicolas Santiago, aged 22 from the Las Flores Tilantongo community; Anselmo cruz Aquino, aged 33, a trader from Santiago Amatlán, and Jesus Cadena, aged 19, a student at Asuncion Nochixtlan. It is said that more than 94 people were injured by gunshot fire, they continued.
The campesinos, adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, also sent “a combative greeting of solidarity to the compañeros of Xayakalan,” Santa Maria Ostula, in the municipality of Aquila, Michoacan, who just celebrated the seventh anniversary of the recovery of their lands.
Meanwhile the Peoples United in Defence of Electric Power, PUDEE, also Adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, northern-jungle region, in the municipalities of Tila, Sabanilla, Tumbalá and Salto de Agua, agreed to express their unconditional support for the movement of the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE), this because they are facing “the impasse of the bad government of Enrique Peña Nieto, failing to meet the demands of the teachers.” “It is a barbaric act of the Mexican state not to find a solution, based on dialogue, to the problems which led to the creation of the teachers’ movement,” he added.