Photo: Teacher protests in Mexico
Mexican teachers have lifted a road-blocking protest that cut off access to the Mexico City airport for several hours, and were due to meet Saturday with government representatives to air their grievances over a recent overhaul of the nation’s schools.
Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said on Twitter that his administration would host a meeting “among teachers, senators and the federal government” aimed at reaching a solution.
Earlier this week, protesting teachers forced lawmakers to decamp to a nearby convention center to conclude this week’s special legislative session.
The agenda for the special session included bills to implement the educational overhaul promulgated in February by President Enrique Peña Nieto, but lawmakers decided earlier this week to delay consideration of those measures pending talks with the disgruntled teachers.
On Friday, teachers blocked the main access road leading to the Mexico City International Airport, which handles some 970 flights a day, finally lifting the protest around midnight after being assured that lawmakers would hear their arguments against the education overhaul.
The centerpiece of the school plan is a system for teacher evaluation that many educators see as a threat to their jobs.
An airport spokesperson told Efe that the facility was functioning smoothly on Saturday after the “chaos” of the previous day, when thousands of travelers were forced to walk to the terminals or hitch rides aboard airport vehicles and armored cars.
Airport director Alfonso Sarabia told Radio Formula Friday that no flights had been interrupted and that authorities responded to his request for help by deploying 1,700 federal and municipal police.