21-09-2021 02:53 AM Jerusalem Timing

Six Dead, More than 100 Injured in Mexico Protest

Six Dead, More than 100 Injured in Mexico Protest

Unknown gunmen opened fire as police and teachers clashed in southern Mexico on Sunday during a protest that left six people dead and more than 100 injured, authorities said.

Unknown gunmen opened fire as police and teachers clashed in southern Mexico on Sunday during a protest that left six people dead and more than 100 injured, authorities said.

The violence erupted as police threw tear gas at the protesters to end a week-long barricade that was blocking a road in Asuncion Nochixtlan, a town in Oaxaca state, where some vehicles were set on fire.Mexico protest

The National Education Workers Coordinator (CNTE) union has been leading protests in Oaxaca for days against an education reform and the arrest of two of its leaders.

The National Security Commission initially denied that officers were armed, charging that news pictures showing them with guns were "false."

But federal police chief Enrique Galindo later said that an armed unit was deployed after unidentified people "fired weapons on police and the population."

"The teachers were not even involved in these things," Galindo said at a news conference.

"There are reports of the presence of various violent groups that have headed the blockades of roads and strategic installations for days," the federal and state governments said in a joint statement, urging the CNTE to distance itself from these unidentified groups.