I just don't get it. These two weeks are some of the most important of the year and they just hurt not only themselves, their goals and the tourists who stayed away in droves, but hundreds/thousands of businesses, some of which have thrown in the towel and closed. Oaxaca is one of the poorest states in Mexico and these lost dollars/pesos are sorely needed. Oh, and the governor and the police have pretty much been hiding, doing nothing, although there were security forces allowing folks to access the auditorium and the morning performance went ahead.
From the LAHT
Striking teachers in the southern state of Oaxaca demanding the repeal of Mexico’s controversial 2013 education overhaul attempted on Monday to disrupt the traditional Guelaguetza festival.
From 7:30 a.m., members of Section 22 of the militant CNTE teachers union took over urban transport vehicles and blocked traffic at the three entrances to Cerro del Fortin hill, the highest point in Oaxaca city, the state capital.
The roadblocks forced visitors to go up to the Guelaguetza Auditorium by a stairway, strongly guarded by security forces, and along the streets, despite all the teachers demonstrating there.
The CNTE announced a boycott of the festival’s closure to demand the immediate release of its leaders and the cancelling of the arrest orders issued against members of the union.
It also demanded the resignation of federal Education Secretary Aurelio Nuño and of Oaxaca Gov. Gabino Cue, as well as the departure from the state of federal security forces.