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Fun with the CNTE: The Nonsense Continues! (Photo Gallery)

This is the scene Tuesday (midday) at Reforma and Insurgentes, where the fun continues with the protesting radical teachers union, the CNTE.

They continue to block traffic and disrupt millions of law-abiding citizens, because the union opposes reforming the educational system of the nation. A big part of it is their opposition to being subject to evaluations.

They seem to like the current system where they are not held to account for their ability — or lack thereof — to teach, and where the union leaders have the power to decide who gets jobs. And of course, this is based on who will pay the union leaders to get a job. (Bribes? Oh no no no … merely “union leader maintenance fees”.)

By the way, it’s September, meaning these protesters ought to be back home in Oaxaca teaching school right now, instead of enjoying their seemingly permanent union vacation in Mexico City. (Who funds the CNTE’s endless protests anyway? This ought to be investigated by the federal authorities.)

Anyway, a few photos from today. First, an unusual sight — the normally bustling Avenida Reforma, is completely empty west of Niza.

Looking west on Reforma, where police have blocked access. (Photo: MexDFmagazine.)

Looking west on Reforma, where police have blocked access. (Photo: MexDFmagazine.)

Meanwhile, at the corner of Reforma and Insurgentes, the action is really something, as protesters actively show their displeasure with educational reform by … sitting down. Oh, the life of these union members … so tough.

Tough day on the protest front ... yawn. (Photo: MexDFmagazine.)

Tough day on the protest front … yawn. (Photo: MexDFmagazine.)

Some people were working, however. Of course we speak of the street vendors selling pirated junk from China.

Get your pirated electronic goods here! (Photo: MexDFmagazine)

Get your pirated electronic goods here! (Photo: MexDFmagazine)

Now here’s a lovely sign. If only this group would put this much effort into teaching instead of making banners and disrupting the lives of millions of city residents — plus the countless millions of dollars in losses they’re costing businesses in the city. Ahhh but who cares about small businesses anyway? All evil, according to these Marxists!

Nice sign. (Photo: MexDFmagazine)

Ironic how they complain about not having the right to protest. (Photo: MexDFmagazine)

A passerby admires the signs on this vehicle, which depict a complete rejection of reforming the educational system of Mexico.

Oooh, nice sign. I can dig it. (Photo: MexDFmagazine)

“Oooh, nice sign. I can dig it, man.” (Photo: MexDFmagazine)

Meanwhile, bystanders listen intently to the Marxist diatribe from the speaker (left), who leaves them with chills as he babbles on about class warfare, and the giant conspiracy against them.

"Hey, this guy's good. I just love marxism!" (Photo: MexDFmagazine)

“Hey, this guy’s good. I just love marxism!” (Photo: MexDFmagazine)

And then there are the police, clearly enjoying themselves this day. Mostly, they are thankful that it’s a cool and overcast day. This is much better than having to stand around in heavy armor in the blazing sun!

Protesting: It gives the police something to do. (Photo: MexDFmagazine)

Protesting: It gives the police something to do. (Photo: MexDFmagazine)

And elsewhere, this group of CNTE delegates eagerly await lunch break … so they can take a well-deserved break from taking a break from work.

"Look at all the good work we're doing today, guys ... haha just kidding!" (Photo: MexDFmagazine)

“Anybody know what time we break for lunch?” (Photo: MexDFmagazine)

Meanwhile, police stand guard outside the Senate. They are fearful of letting in the nation’s senators enter the building, for fear they might pass laws. Now that would be scary!

"Who do we detain? Politicians or protesters?" (Photo: MexDFmagazine)

“Who do we detain? The politicians or the protesters?” (Photo: MexDFmagazine)

And finally, the best way to get around today at Reforma and Insurgentes …

Your transportation of choice -- it's this or horseback. Take your pick. (Photo: MexDFmagazine)

Your transportation of choice — it’s this or horseback. Take your pick. (Photo: MexDFmagazine)

Will the authorities ever crack down on these law-breakers? Who knows.

Twitter: @MexDFmagazine

One comment on “Fun with the CNTE: The Nonsense Continues! (Photo Gallery)

  1. Dave Hansen
    September 3, 2013

    Such a contrast in cultures Darren. You are lucky you do not have children dependant on the educational system although it still affects you in so many other ways. I would find that extremely frustrating and write a letter to my MLA, ha ha. Hope this is over soon but I do not see how.

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