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Mayday Teachers March in Oaxaca, Government Workers break police barricades

Oscar Beard | 30.04.2007 18:42 | Mayday 2007 | Oaxaca Uprising | Repression | Social Struggles | Workers' Movements | World

On 1 May 2007, as the world marches for Labour Day and Workers Rights, Oaxaca, Mexico, will see Section 22 of the teachers union march on the zocalo.

Narco News (NN) reported on 25 April the teachers union will march on the zocalo with support from Asamblea Popular de los Pueblos de Oaxaca (APPO).

The central zocalo saw some of the worst unrest last November as militarised state police (PFP) and paramilitaries tried to crush the opposition to state governor Ulises Ruiz.

NN journalist Nancy Davies, who has covered the unrest since its beginning, said: "How that confrontation will play out I have no idea."

Every year the zocalo in Oaxaca city has annually held Mayday protests, but the NN report stated it was uncertain whether this march would been taken as a direct confrontation of the governor.

On 26 April over 2000 government workers, in opposition to the new social security law, barged past police lines at the zocalo, although police numbers and equipment (arms and riot gear) were somewhat less than if an APPO protest was expected.

For more on these latest reports see here.

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Oscar Beard