[Marxism] UNICEF tries to break Oaxaca uprising
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Sat Oct 14 10:52:05 MDT 2006
... which is no surprise, as its current Executive Director, Ann
Veneman, spent most of her career as a flunky for agribusiness,
including pushing "free trade" -- i.e. just the kind of international
bullying which is at the root of the conditions behind the uprising in
Oaxaca and throughout Mexico.
for details on Veneman. Story on UNICEF's strikebreaking appeal below.
Tell UNICEF: if you're really interested in the children's welfare,
than support those fighting for them: the teachers, parents and
children of Oaxaca!
Otherwise stay the hell out!
The New York Times
October 13, 2006
UNICEF Wants Oaxaca Strike Resolved
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 11:12 p.m. ET
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The U.N. children's fund called Friday for the
government and teachers who have been striking for the last five months
in the southern city of Oaxaca to resolve the dispute so children could
return to school.
The statement from UNICEF came as the government said time was running
out on its offer to raise teachers' salaries in exchange for strikers
ending their takeover of the city.
Tensions rose as a Senate commission wound up a two-day visit aimed at
determining whether the protesters' main demand, the resignation of
Gov. Ulises Ruiz, can be met.
The Senate -- which can remove a governor if it determines that the
state government has ceased to function -- is scheduled to vote on the
matter next week.
The teachers and a coalition of leftist protesters have said they will
accept nothing less than Ruiz's resignation, and refused to consider a
government offer to increase wages if the protesters agreed to go back
to work and let police re-enter the city.
That proposal will run out on Monday if not accepted, and the
government will consider ''other types of actions,'' Deputy Interior
Secretary Arturo Chavez said Friday.
Though he did not specify those actions, calls have mounted for police
action to retake the picturesque colonial city, where protesters have
hijacked buses, erected street barricades and run off police and other
The government says one of its main concerns is to get more than 1
million children back to classes. They have been out of school since
the strike and protests began in late May.
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