BBC: Mexico teachers protest: Six killed in Oaxaca clashes.

Six people have been killed in southern Mexico in clashes between protesting teachers and police.

Another 50 people, including many police officers, were injured.

The incident took place in the state of Oaxaca, where two high-profile union leaders were arrested last week, accused of corruption.

Members of the CNTE union, which has a history of radical activism, have been blocking roads in southern Mexico ever since the union leaders were arrested.

The authorities said the police were trying to clear the roads when unknown gunmen began firing at both sides in order to create chaos and conflict.

Clashes between teachers and security forces in the town of Nochixtlan, Oaxaca, MexicoImage copyrightEPA
Image captionThe road leading to Mexico City has been blocked for many days
Mexican federal police clash with teachers during a protest against an education reform and the arrest of two of its leaders, in Oaxaca State, on June 19, 2016.Image copyrightAFP
Image captionSix people have died in the clashes
A burning truck, which was carrying chickens, is seen after clashes between riot police officers and protesters from the National Coordination of Education Workers (CNTE)Image copyrightREUTERS
Image captionUnrest has intensified since the arrest of two high-profile union leaders

The policemen involved in the operation near the town of Nochixtlan were not carrying guns, Mexico’s National Security Commission said in a statement.

The state-owned oil company, Pemex, warned on Friday that it might be forced to close a refinery in the area if the highway linking Oaxaca to the capital, Mexico City, remained blocked.

‘Stealing textbooks’

The dissident CNTE union opposes education reforms introduced by President Enrique Pena Nieto in 2013.

The changes include new measures to assess teachers’ performance.

Union members say the corruption allegations against their leaders are politically-motivated.

Ruben Nunez was accused of siphoning off money raised illegally from union members. Prosecutors also accused him of money laundering.

Ruben Nunez, from the CNTE in Oaxaca in a march in Mexico City, 28 May 2016

“He raised more than 24m pesos ($1.3m; £900,000) illegally between 2013 and 2015,” said prosecutor Gilberto Higuera.

For two years the union demanded a 3.5% cut of purchases made by unionised members from some businesses in Oaxaca, according to Mr Higuera.

The money was taken from the education workers’ payslips, which prosecutors say was controlled by the union.

Mr Nunez’s deputy, Francisco Villalobos, was arrested for allegedly stealing textbooks



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