Striking teachers are fighting for their livelihood, but the head of a right-wing business group has called on the government to use more repression.
Mexico's Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal announced Thursday that the government would provide financial support to businesses affected by the ongoing protests by striking teachers affiliated with the National Coordinator of Education Workers, or CNTE union.
Meanwhile, in response to demands from the right-wing Business Coordinating Council for more police repression against teachers, Interior Minister Osorio Chong said the government was already using state security forces to forcibly end protests by the CNTE.
Juan Pablo Castañón, head of the Business Coordinating Council, said on Wednesday that the government needed to ensure the return of normal economic activity and should thus turn to state security forces in order to ensure the “human rights of everyone else” were being respected.
Chong, speaking through the media, said they were “already doing so.”
Teachers affiliated with the CNTE union have been protesting President Enrique Peña Nieto's so-called education reform, which critics say is aimed at justifying mass layoffs and does little to improve education in Mexico.
The conflict between the teachers and the government heated up after police repression in Nochixtlan, Oaxaca on June 19 left at least 10 people dead.