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Zocalo de la Ciudad de Mexico / Central Square of
8:50pm, 9 September 2013
"If you will fight with me,
I salute you,
If you will not fight,
If you question my motives,
I can talk will you,
If you stand in the way of my quest,
I AM A TEACHER."
-- handwritten placard, on the side of a tent
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.
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.