Mexico relatives search for students in Guerrero
bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-29470025 (read full story at link)
Desperate relatives have joined soldiers in the search for 44 students who disappeared during protests in the Mexican town of Iguala in the state of Guerrero.
The trainee teachers are missing since last Friday.
They were last seen being bundled into police vans during protests over job discrimination against rural teachers.
Police had opened fire on their buses and on protestors killing six people and injuring 17.
Some 22 officers are being held in connection with the shooting.
If the police took them into custody, one would hope they are alive. Yet, if one reads the story, the State itself is offering a reward for information. The mayor was arrested.
The protest was as stated above, over job discrimination against rural teachers. Certainly, a serious subject but nothing you would think people would die over. Unbelievable that the police would open fire killing six people at the protests.
Apparently, the protesters are called “Normalistas” in Spanish.
There is some other news out of this but it is unconfirmed.
It’s interesting that according to USA Today in a 2012 article, the “Normalistas” actually want the old ways to persist, those “old ways” seems to mean that a retiring teacher can sell their position to the highest bidder. I know, it sounds a bit odd to many of us.
On first seeing such a title, “students missing”, I know one would think, students protesting, we would associate it with what we would see in the USA but maybe it is much different. Certainly no reason to go killing anyone.
In many areas of rural Mexico, these college students known as “normalistas” have taken to the streets and hijacked buses in sometimes violent protests against any changes to the education system. Some protests have been going for months.
Encouraged by their professors, the students have protested the teaching of English and computer skills to rural children. They’ve demonstrated against the strengthening of teacher evaluations, changes to labor laws and the elimination of the practice of allowing teachers to sell their jobs to the highest bidder.
“(The normalistas) want the old rules of the past to persist,” says David Calderón, director of the education advocacy group Mexicanos Primero. “That’s at the bottom of this.”