Oaxaca: Denunciations and initiation of mobilizations by Section 22 of the SNTE

Since 14 March, at approximately 6:30pm, teacher Carlos Rene Román Salazar, member of Section 22 of the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE) finds himself disappeared.  The Oaxaca State Attorney General’s Office has offered 500,000 pesos “to those persons who provide utile, true, efficient, and opportune information regarding the identity and whereabouts of those presumed responsible for the disappearance of the victim or data that would permit the localization of Professor Carlos René Román Salazar.”

In other news, on 18 March, unknown subjects set on fire a bus from the Normal School of Pre-School of Oaxaca, leaving a threatening message directed at the General Secretary of the SNTE, Azael Santiago Chepi.  Section 22 rejected “these aggression and provocations on the eve of the State Assembly, with the clear intention of destabilizing the movement and provoking instability in our state.  We reject the mediatic politics of terror undertaken against the direction of Section 22.”

In its assembly that closed on 20 March, Section 22 of the SNTE agreed on a week of mobilizations to demand the appearance with life of Román Salazar as well as the resignation of three officials of the government of Gabino Cué, found to be responsible for the repression visited on protestors in Oaxaca de Juárez on 15 February.

For more information (in Spanish):


Ofrecen 500 mil pesos por profesor desaparecido (El Universal, 18 March)

Queman autobús escolar en Oaxaca (El Universal, 18 March)

Aprueba Sección 22 movilizaciones en Oaxaca (Radio Formula, 20 March)

Amagan maestros con más movilizaciones y protestas (Milenio, 20 March)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Confrontation between protestors and police during visit of Felipe Calderón – teachers mobilize themselves (20 de febrero de 2011)

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