News, features, and commentary from the biggest city in the Americas, Mexico City.
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.
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.
Some people were working, however. Of course we speak of the street vendors selling pirated junk from China.
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!
A passerby admires the signs on this vehicle, which depict a complete rejection of reforming the educational system of Mexico.
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.
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!
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.
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!
And finally, the best way to get around today at Reforma and Insurgentes …
Will the authorities ever crack down on these law-breakers? Who knows.