Mexico teachers attack political party offices during protests against planned education reform

Mexico teachers attack political party offices

25.04.2013 - 09:43

Teachers attack the headquarters of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in Guerrero state in protest against a new education bill. Masked protesters broke into the building and destroyed windows, doors and chairs.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto proposed a new reform plan for the education system. The opposition backed Nieto’s proposal. The reform plan requires teachers to pass evaluation tests in order to get jobs and promotions. The teachers are protested against this legislation. They argue that the reform imposes stricter teaching standards. For example the legislation designates that the teachers will lose their jobs if they do not pass the evaluation test.

Thousands of teachers protested against the reform in the state capital Chilpancingo. People wearing masks broke into the offices of the PRI and three other political parties, the National Action Party (PAN), the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) and the Citizen Movement and destroyed everything. Some rotesters painted anti-government graffiti on the PRD’s walls. In concrete terms they wrote "traitors of the people".

Al Jazeera's Rachel Levin, reporting from Mexico City, said that "the teachers in Guerrero asked for their congress to exlude that clause from the reform and the politicians ignored their request.So the teachers joined forces with the many vigilante groups in the state of Guerrero and they have been taking to the streets for over a week."

Mario Moreno Chilpancingos’ Mayor said that local authorities cannot control the situation and asked for federal security support. "We as a municipality do not have the ability to face a mob of 4,000 or 5,000 people," Moreno told Milenio TV