After a month of blockades in Mexico, teachers say they’ll keep protesting

Teachers from the radical National Coordinator of Education Workers, or CNTE, are protesting education reforms introduced by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto that introduce teacher evaluations.

Union members have set up blockades on some major highways across Mexico. In June, a clash between police and teachers at one of the blockades in Oaxaca left eight protesters dead and dozens wounded.

Tensions are particularly high on the road that connects Oaxaca to Mexico City. Authorities say those impacted by the blockades have run out of patience, and the government is threatening to use force again to clear the roads.

VICE News reports from the blockades to learn if the recent violence and the threat of eviction will force the teachers to end their protests.

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Fail Compilation: Awkward politician greetings

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau became the latest politician to struggle to shake the hand of US President Barack Obama, resulting in a very awkward threeway handshake which also involved Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. Plans for a four-way handshake involving Russian President Vladimir Putin are unconfirmed.


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The Search Continues: Mexico’s Disappeared Students (Part 2)

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On September 26, teaching students from the Ayotzinapa Normal School in Mexico were intercepted by police forces en route to a protest in Iguala. In the ensuing clash, six people were killed, and 43 Ayotzinapa students were taken away by the police. Investigations over the following weeks led to the startling allegations that the police had acted at the behest of the local mayor, and had turned over the abducted students to members of the Guerreros Unidos cartel. All 43 students are now feared dead.

The case has come to represent the negative feeling of the Mexican public toward the state of justice and the rule of law in Mexico. The events have now galvanized the survivors of the attack and the disappeared students’ parents. Nationwide demonstrations have increased in intensity, and recently led to government buildings in the state of Guerrero to be set on fire.

In this episode, VICE News travels with a volunteer search party in Iguala continuing the search for the missing 43 students, while the parents of the disappeared students petition President Enrique Peña Nieto to give answers, or failing that, his resignation.

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