Zapatistas Deliver Food To Teachers On Strike In Chiapas

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The Zapatistas (EZLN) are showing solidarity with la Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Education (CNTE) by delivering food to striking teachers that are shutting down highways.

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teleSUR reported that the group “delivered almost three tons of food to the striking teachers of the CNTE dissident union in the impoverished state of Chiapas in southern Mexico, Friday [July 8]. The supplies were delivered to union teachers and will be distributed among the teachers, who have erected blockades on highways as part of protests in opposition to the education reforms of President Enrique Peña Nieto.”

The delivering of supplies comes weeks after teachers striking in Oaxaca were gunned down by the police for blocking traffic on major highways. The tension between the government and teachers is at an all time high, after the disappearance of 43 students in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico in 2014.

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The Zapatista Movement initially gained worldwide attention in January 1, 1994, when they incited a rebellion in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, demanding “work, land housing, food, healthcare, education, independence, freedom, democracy, justice and peace” for indigenous people. The group continues the fight against the exploitation of land and resources in the rural areas of Mexico.