CNTE sets up roadblocks in Chiapas, Mexico

Members of Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (CNTE) teachers’ union blocked a number of roadways in the state of Chiapas, Mexico on 8 December 2016 and demanded the repeal of educational reform and the payment of back wages (Milenio and Excelsior). CNTE spokesman José Luis Escobar Pérez reported the group wanted to return to the negotiating table with the government due lack of responses on prior agreements reached on reforms (Excelsior) The CNTE call for a protest on 8 December did not yield expected results as most teachers showed up to work rather than join in the protest (Milenio). At least nine road blocks have been set up, including one at the Ciudad Cuauhtémoc – Guatemala border crossing (Excelsior and Milenio).