From EAG News:
OAXACA, Mexico – Six people are dead and more than 100 injured during a teachers union protest in Oaxaca, Mexico over the weekend, the latest in a years long feud between the union and government.
Members of the National Coordinator of Education Workers union and their supporters hurled stones and Molotov cocktails, burned vehicles, and allegedly fired at police in Nochixlan and other locations in the southern state of Oaxaca on Sunday, the Associated Press reports.
Government officials sent in police and federal agents to quell the uprising, resulting in six civilians killed, as well as 41 federal agents, 14 state police and 53 civilians injured in the violent clash. The Mexican government issued a statement alleging the initial police response included unarmed officers, but authorities later acknowledged police fired on protesters after three federal police were injured by gunfire.
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“The attacks with guns came from people outside the blockades who fired on the population and federal police,” according to a government statement cited by the AP.
The news service recorded video footage of at least one officer firing at protestors.
“The police obligation is to protect the population,” federal police chief Enrique Galindo said.
The violent weekend clash follows a week of unionized teachers blocking streets, malls, train tracks, and highway to the tourist town of Oaxaca, where they’ve also…