Riots turned violent and deadly in Mexico over the weekend, as teachers protest changes to the education system.
The Mexican government and teachers’ union representatives have agreed to sit down and talk after eight people were killed and over 100 injured in a weekend of violent protests.
The teachers have been protesting against Mexico’s plans to overhaul the education system, which include federally mandated teacher evaluations. They are vehemently opposed to the teacher evaluations, and led protests in several states of Mexico, as well as the Mexican capital.
The fatalities occurred as protesters clashed with police in the southern state of Oaxaca.
The teachers blocked the highway with a passenger bus, and set trucks on fire.
The talks between the government officials and the teachers’ union is set for Wednesday in Mexico City. The government said they will “seek to find solutions that allow for a return to peace in regions that have seen turbulent protests recently.”
Riot police are forced to fall back as they battle with protesting teachers who were blocking a federal highway in the state of Oaxaca, near the town of Nochixtlan, Mexico, Sunday, June 19, 2016.
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