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Sat Feb 28, 2015, 02:54 PM

Mexicans in shock after retired teacher's 'murder' by police

27/02/2015 / MEXICO

Mexicans in shock after retired teacher's 'murder' by police

A retired teacher was killed during bloody clashes between teachers and police three days ago, in the southern Mexican city of Acapulco. Thirteen protesters have also disappeared. The teaching community is in shock, as our Observer explains.

On February 24, about 5,000 protesters – most of them students and teachers from Gerrero state – blocked access to Acapulco’s airport for six hours, to demand that the authorities find the 43 students who disappeared in late September. The teachers also requested payment of their salaries. Most of the country’s teaching unions were represented, including CETEG and SUSPEG. More than a thousand local and federal police officers were deployed.

Thousands of teachers blocked access to the Acapulco airport for several hours on February 24. Video published by Chilpancingoinforma.

The situation began to deteriorate in the early evening, when a bus full of teachers hit several police officers, wounding seven of them. The incident kicked off clashes between protesters and police.

One man was killed in the violence: Claudio Castillo Peña, a 65-year-old retired teacher, succumbed to head wounds several hours after he was transferred to the hospital. Many other protesters were injured, some severely. Teachers’ organizations said that the police arrested 112 protesters, all of whom have since been released.


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