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CNTE lifts rail blockades in Michoacán after 28 days of protests
The blockades led to daily losses of around MXN$1 billion, according to Mexico’s private sector - Photo: File photo/EL UNIVERSAL

CNTE lifts rail blockades in Michoacán after 28 days of protests

12/02/2019
19:06
Carlos Arrieta
Mexico City
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Though the blockade was lifted, the CNTE will continue to strike for an indefinite period in the city of Morelia

The 9th Sector of the National Coordination of Education Workers (CNTE) has now officially lifter all rail blockades in the Uruapan municipality following 28 days of protests.

The blockades led to daily losses of around MXN$1 billion, according to Mexico’s private sector.

However, the CNTE will continue to strike for an indefinite period in the city of Morelia, occupying at least 30 government and rental offices.

While they dismantled their camp and cleaned the tracks, a group of representatives from the group of teachers claimed that the decision had been made yesterday during an assembly.

They stated that, though they were confident that the state government would meet their demands, they asked for the Federation to cooperate, and that the removal of the rail blockades was made on condition that the CNTE and the state and federal governments would resume negotiations.

The governor Silvano Aureoles Conejo announced that once the train tracks were cleared, the train circulation was restored, as well as the transport of products from the Lázaro Cárdenas port.

“I acknowledge the union’s will to steer their legitimate demands through dialogue and I reiterate my commitment to work with the state and federal governments, as well as the CNTE, to find a solution to this conflict,” he stated.

Citizens rise against teachers’ strike

This past weekend, several groups of teachers and parents demanded that the 18th section of the CNTE resume their regular activities.

With pasteboards at educational campuses, teachers, administration staff, and parents accused mayors, councilors, and Morena representatives of planning the teachers’ conflict and reprimanded the striking teachers for accepting payment without doing any work.

The parents and teachers claimed that the children were paying the price of the teachers’ strike and their right to education was being violated. They warned that they would start holding school classes in private homes or public squares.

The protesters added that they would hold the 18th section, as well as the CNTE’s most radical groups, accountable for any attacks or aggressions against the teachers that were willing to do their job.

In that regard, Michoacán’s Education Minister Alberto Frutis Solís insisted that only 112 out of all 11,673 public schools in the state were affected by the strike.
 

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