Public school teachers in Mexico are also in the second week of a strike against an education reform package. Today, they’ve camped out in front of the headquarters of Mexico’s two main television networks, citing biased coverage of their demands.
Busloads of teachers arrived in Mexico City today to reinforce an ongoing protest encampment that already occupies the entirety of the capital’s giant central plaza. Most of the teachers are from Oaxaca, where the dissident union has been on strike since the start of the school year on August 19th.
At the heart of the protests is a series of labor reforms which would require standardized testing of teachers and trigger penalties for those who under-perform. The teachers say it’s unfair to apply the same criteria nationwide to educators in vastly different socioeconomic and cultural environments.
Since their protest started last week, they have forced their way into congressional chambers, staged an eight hour blockade of the international airport, and held a sit-in today outside of Televisa and TV Azteca; the country’s two dominant television networks.
The teachers vow to keep up their protests in Mexico City at least through the nation’s equivalent of the State of the Union Address on September 1st. The office of the president has already announced plans to move the speech from the congressional chambers to the inside of Mexico’s main military base.
(Transcript of a headline produced for the Aug. 27, 2013 broadcast of FSRN.)