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Mexico Report: Teachers Occupy Zocalo, Progress Stalls

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Zocalo de la Ciudad de Mexico / Central Square of Mexico City

8:50pm,  9 September 2013

"If you will fight with me,  
I salute you,
If you will not fight,
I understand,
If you question my motives,
I can talk will you,

If you stand in the way of my quest,

please remember,


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-- handwritten placard,  on the side of a tent

south-central sectionals

3:50pm,  8 September

Teachers from districts every state have set up a tent city in the central square,  underneath the ornate palaces of the conquistadores and government buildings,  protesting planned "reforms" to Mexico's educational system.

The teachers call these "counter-reforms."  Over 5,000 of them are gathered here,  living in very basic conditions,  cooking on oil stoves,  amid the heaviest rains in Mexico City's history.

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I talk to one of the sectional leaders in the center of the Western edge of the Square.  The sun has come out for a bit.  His criticisms are manifold:  he's charted over 20 of them,  on a printout on the side of his sections' tent. 

Among them,  are that the teachers have no access to the media,  the means of communication-- Mexico's television duopoly.  This is oft repeated around the tents,  and it's clear from watching,  that the views expressed here are not on TV.

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Kenneth Thomas works as an IT consultant and techologist and lives between Nashville, Ghent, Prague and Mexico City. He speaks German, French, Spanish, some Dutch of the Flemish variety, a smattering of Hebrew and other languages, and when (more...)

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