Protests intensify in Mexican state of Veracruz

Mayors in the Mexican state of Veracruz intensified their protest in Xalapa and a number of new demonstrations broke out on 7 November 2016 as nurses, doctors and teachers took to the streets to demand payments from the state government (Economía Hoy). Mayors who had protested a lack of funding at the government palace since 28 October took over Casa Veracruz, the traditional residence of the state governor, on 6 November, after failing to reach an agreement with the government of Veracruz (Excelsior). In the port city of Veracruz, health care workers took to the streets to denounce a shortage of resources and medicines at hospitals and to demand unpaid wages. In the northern area of the state, teachers took control of the premises of Veracruz's Education Department to protest outstanding benefit payments and to voice their fear of missing out on December 2016 wages and bonuses, while unionized teachers in Xalapa also protested (Excelsior).