Support is urgently needed for activist teachers in Mexico targeted by the government. Below is an English translation of the motivation for a petition that can be signed here.
As reported by various media, Martín Hernández Guadarrama, Secretary of Organization of Section VII of the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE) in Chiapas, was arrested on January 3 by federal police and transferred to El Amate prison. Professor Hernandez was released 21 hours later, but it is worrisome that the Attorney General’s Office arbitrarily ignored the agreements of last year, which both government authorities and magistrate leaders arrived at, through which it was decided to close the open investigation of teacher protests.
Last December, in Oaxaca, the police arrested and savagely beat Mario Martinez Cruz, also a teacher leader, during a peaceful popular protest, at the end of the first year of Alejandro Murat’s government. Shortly after, on December 9 a group of state police appeared at the school where Professor Martínez Cruz teaches, with the intention of apprehending him.
On Monday, January 15, Mario Vallejo García, teacher representative of the Isthmus region and member of the Commission of Honor and Justice of the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE), was found dead in a hotel in the center of Oaxaca City.
The signatories of the present petition are very concerned about the fact that, given the approval of the federal Internal Security Law and in the middle of the 2018 election year, a series of actions are occurring which, if not stopped and addressed, will foster an environment of political persecution and intimidation by the federal government and the state governments of Chiapas and Oaxaca.
We demand an investigation into the murder of Professor Mario Vallejo García and the cessation of the persecution against professors Martín Hernández Guadarrama, in Chiapas, and Mario Martínez Cruz, in Oaxaca.