With teachers promising to expand their protests throughout Mexico over the next 72 hours and the Interior Secretary saying the government has reached the limit, the use of force to free up the principal highways of Oaxaca and Chiapas appears likely to come soon.
That could come as early as tonight or tomorrow morning. Information obtained by Mexico News Daily indicates that Federal Police are currently being deployed to the state and that hotel accommodation was being booked today for large numbers of police officers. However, there has been no official confirmation of such a deployment.
Interior Secretary Osorio Chong said earlier today that talks with the CNTE teachers’ union, which began last week, will not resume until the highway blockades are lifted.
In response, the teachers have vowed to intensify their efforts with blockades throughout the country and at points on the borders. The union also announced a “massive mobilization” in Mexico City for this afternoon.
It also promised to publish a document that would propose a solution to the conflict by abolishing education reform and outlining a process for “the transformation of education.”
Osorio Chong said the situation was “at the limit,” that limit being the violation of the rights of the majority of citizens of Oaxaca and Chiapas. He said that dialogue has not been exhausted and never would be, but there had to be favorable circumstances “not for the government, but for the people” for it to continue.
The Interior Secretary said the government had an obligation to restore stability by “using the legal tools of the state.”