Photo @Francisco Olvera
On 18 April, thousands of members of the Popular Movement of Guerrero (MPG) and sympathizers from other states marched through the Sol Highway and subsequently took the state Congress to demand that the legislators hold session to approve the decreed reform of the State Law on Education No. 158. It is estimated that 80,000 people participated in the mobilization.
Upon learning that the legislative session had not begun, the protestors decided to take the building. Minutes after the occupation of the Congress, the MPG leadership received a telephone call to organize a dialogue-table with governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero in Casa Guerrero, where the 50 members of the negotiation team led by Gonzalo Juárez moved. The commission of 15 deputies was led by PRD official Víctor Salinas, president of the Education Commission, to analyze the proposed changes to the law.Protestors were joined by teachers from Oaxaca, Michoacán, Morelos, Puebla, Zacatecas, and Chiapas, as well as Mexico City; similarly, members of the Mexican Electricians’ Union, #IAm132, workers from the Autonomous University of Guerrero, the College of Bachelors, retired people, normalist students, campesin@s, and some 50 members of the Communal Police from the House of Justice in El Paraíso, Ayutla de los Libres municipality, also joined the march.
For more information (in Spanish):
Megamarcha en Chilpancingo culmina con toma del Congreso (La Jornada de Guerrero, 19 de abril de 2013)
Alianza Aguirre-PRI frena ley de educación apoyada por una marcha de 80 mil (Sur Acapulco, 19 de abril de 2013)
Se atora la reforma en el Congreso (La Jornada de Guerrero, 19 de abril de 2013)
CETEG libera la Autopista del Sol y Congreso de Guerrero (Excelsior, 19 de abril de 2013)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Guerrero: Briefs – Reactivation of arrest-orders against CETEG members (10 November 2010)