Members of the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) took over a tollbooth on the Mexico City-Cuernavaca highway and allowed vehicles to pass without paying tolls. The teachers took the action to support the demands of the families of the 43 disappeared students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers College.
While allowing free passage of vehicles through the tollbooth, the teachers asked for donations for the families of the 43.
Vidulfo Rosales, legal representative of the families of the 43, said that with the tollbooth takeover, the teachers are demanding that the federal government begin a search operation with the Inter-American Human Rights Commission (CIDH) and remove Tomás Zerón, director of the criminal investigation agency of the Attorney General’s Office (PGR).
“We demand the presence of the CIDH in any investigation by the Mexican government,” said Rosales. “The Mexican government is blocking the CIDH’s presence, although it was demanded in Washington 15 days ago.”
The CNTE teachers were escorted by federal and Mexico City police for six kilometers.
In Oaxaca, a statewide assembly of striking teachers decided to block roads throughout the state for 48 hours, and only to allow individual vehicles to pass through the blockades.