Over the past week, unionised teachers have blockaded streets, a shopping mall and even train tracks in the western state of Michoacan. They have also forced some bus lines to cancel trips to Oaxaca, which is a popular tourist destination, and blocked a highway on the isthmus of Tehuantepec. And in Oaxaca city, protesting teachers have set up an encampment in the city’s main square.
Following the arrest of some if its top leaders, the union called for a revolt against Mexico’s government. Ten years ago, the teachers started a six-month takeover of Oaxaca that didn’t end until police stormed the barricades.
After 10 days of highway blockades, shortages of fuel, food, medications and cash are becoming evident in Oaxaca, where the economic costs of protests by teachers and allied organizations are now estimated to total 2.7 billion pesos, or US $148 million.
Mexico News Daily | Thursday, June 23, 2016
Updated 0042 GMT (0842 HKT) June 21, 2016
Eight people have died after teacher protests turned violent in the Mexican state of Oaxaca over the weekend, authorities said.
The clashes between teachers, state police and local residents also left 53 civilians and 55 police officers injured, according to the Oaxaca state government.
Local journalist Elpidio Ramos Zárate, who worked for the newspaper “El Sur del Istmo,” was among those killed, according to the Mexican National Commission of Human Rights.
Teachers and residents clashed with Mexican federal police after protests turned violent in the state of Oaxaca on June 19.
The violence came after seven days of street blockages and demonstrations, disrupting traffic on a major highway connecting Oaxaca to Mexico City, the government said.
Clashes broke out after riot police tried to disperse the demonstrators Sunday.
Twenty-one people have been arrested so far.
Wave of protests
Teachers across Mexico have been protesting national education reforms that would change the way they’re evaluated.
The latest wave of protests in Oaxaca picked up steam after authorities arrested several leaders of a division of the national teacher’s union, one of the most powerful and well-known organizations in Mexico.
On Monday, the union condemned the violence.
“Education is the only weapon of the people, those of the government are the instruments of death and repression,” a tweet from the union said. “Who is the criminal?”
The clashes could also affect the region’s fuel supply.
State oil company Pemex operates a refinery in the region. It issued a statement Friday saying if the road blockages continued, there could be a shortage of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel in the region.
A way to escape
From the May 14, 1979 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
You will never be hopelessly trapped. No matter how desperate a predicament may seem, there is always a way out. The Bible gives this assurance: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
Then how do we escape the snares of evil? By admitting an eternal fact: the unreality of evil. Mrs. Eddy marks the way when, in exposing the sin of mental malpractice—wrongful manipulation of the human mind—she declares: “Christian Science shows that there is a way of escape from the latter-day ultimatum of evil, through scientific truth ….”
The Bible tells us of several escapes from what appeared to be insurmountable circumstances by those who turned trustingly to God. Moses, for instance, while leading the children of Israel out of Egyptian captivity, found himself backed up against the Red Sea by Pharaoh’s army. But through his total reliance on the power of God, both he and the children of Israel were saved.
The Scriptures also illustrate safe deliverance from such formidable places as a den of lions, a fiery furnace, a sinking ship, an inner prison. The diverse nature of these experiences clearly shows that there is no circumstance so unusual or severe that God cannot and does not provide a way of escape for those who turn to Him in prayer.
This same way of faith and spiritual understanding is available and demonstrable today, as the book A Century of Christian Science Healing illustrates. One account is of a woman who walked unharmed and unnoticed out of a prisoner-of-war camp in broad daylight after she had caught a glimpse of man’s true identity as God’s spiritual image and likeness.
The fact that a spiritually scientific way of escape from any adverse situation is available right now leaves us with a choice. We can either close our eyes to this spiritual escape route, or we can acknowledge it and start actively claiming our divine rights as the sons and daughters of God. If we choose this latter course of action, we will find that “the snare is broken, and we are escaped.”