Chiapas: State police invade teachers’ assembly, leaving 200 injured


During the night of 29 June, more than a thousand police officers invaded the Extraordinary Congress of Section 7 of the National Union of Educational Workers (SNTE) which had been held in the state capital, Tuxtla Gutiérrez.  As a result of the intervention of public force, more than 200 teachers were left injured, some of them seriously, with 29 arrested, all of whom were released Sunday evening.  According to media reports, the Extraordinary Congress was to hold an election for the leadership of the union; however, during a recess, there was presented a criminal denunciation for kidnapping before the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) on the part of the legal representative of the SNTE, given that members of the so-called Democratic Bloc of Section 7 prevented the exit from the building of teachers linked to the national leadership of the union.  These indicated that they were not allowed access to medical attention or food.  For its part, the Democratic Bloc noted that the recess represented a measure to buy off delegates or change locales, toward the end of achieving the election of a state secretary close to the national leadership.  Responding to the denunciation, the police intervened, using tear gas and rubber-coated bullets.

The state government of Chiapas, via its General Secretary for Governance, Noé Castañón León, announced that it would hold investigations to determine culpability in the developments.  For its part, the State Council on Human Rights reported that it too would launch investigations, these into possible human-rights violations during the police operation.

For more information (in Spanish):

Liberan a los 29 maestros detenidos el sábado en Tuxtla Gutiérrez (La Jornada, 2 de julio de 2013)

El jaripeo chiapaneco de Juan Díaz (La Jornada, 02 de julio de 2013)

Reprimen a maestros disidentes en Chiapas (La Jornada, 30 de junio de 2013)

Pugnas desatan enfrentamiento entre maestros del SNTE en Chiapas (Proceso, 30 de junio de 2013)

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