The state of Oaxaca has been in a state of turmoil as a result of neoliberal educational “reforms” imposed by the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto.
Members of the Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación [CTNE] teachers walked off their jobs and have been staging roadblocks in opposition to the federal measures, and as many as 15 teachers and their supporters have been killed in acts of brutal repression.
Now the central government is finally making some conciliatory feints targeting victims of police violence.
From teleSUR English:
A Mexican government delegation was met by dozens of residents in Nochixtlan, Oaxaca on Thursday with empty bullet cartridges and tear gas canisters used by riot police during the massacre of striking teachers and their supporters on June 19.
The delegation was led by Deputy Interior Minister Roberto Campa, who was sent by President Enrique Peña Nieto to hold talk with villagers and striking teachers from the CNTE dissident union in order to negotiate reparations for the victims and their families.
The meeting, held at an elementary school, was also attended by officials from the Ministry of Social Development and the attorney general’s office, who were both forced out of the meeting by CNTE representatives due to allegations of involvement in the violent crackdown.
Eleven people died and hundreds of people were wounded in clashes between striking teachers and security forces in Oaxaca last month. Authorities initially accused the protesters of initiating the violence but backtracked when eyewitnesses at the scene accused police of triggering the melee.
The CNTE have demanded that a special prosecutor and international authorities investigate the violence to identify both the “intellectual and material authors” behind the “extrajudicial killings.”
More from Fox News Latino:
Mexico’s government will hold roundtable discussions with the families of people killed in a deadly June 19 confrontation with police during a teachers’ protest, Undersecretary for Human Rights Roberto Campa said after meeting with community leaders in Nochixtlan, the town in the southern state of Oaxaca where the clashes occurred.
A so-called Legal Roundtable “will work closely with the investigation to ensure that the inquiry is transparent, effective and can lead to an exact determination of what happened” in Nochixtlan, Campa said in a statement released by the Government Secretariat.
A second roundtable will address the “psychological needs of people, of the victims” and create “a more comprehensive program to care, above all, for the children.”
In response to community requests, “a social welfare package” will be set up that will include “improvements to health clinics, hospitals and roads, as well as social programs.”