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May 21, 2012, 1:00 PM

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Of tents, tarps and teachers

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They are here, maybe 20,000 of them, camped out in centro Oaxaca for the annual teachers protest. From Avenida Benito Juarez west and Calle Murgia south, all streets are closed to vehicular traffic. In fact, it's a challenge to walk since only a narrow path exists between the tents where teachers listen to speakers, sit staring, knitting, embroidering. No doubt negotiations are underway somewhere.

Food stands abound and smells of fried bananas mix with fresh cut pineapple. More cookeries will pop up this afternoon and evening, no doubt. I didnt get a whiff of any weed. Not much police presence. The teachers of Oaxaca should write a manual for the OCCUPY movements in USA and globally, since they have this down pat, having done it during May for about 30 years I'm told.



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May 21, 2012, 1:16 PM

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Too bad they don't put as much effort into teaching. Sorry, I'm a bit disgusted with the teacher's union.


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May 21, 2012, 2:03 PM

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It is pretty disgusting, they hurt the businesses of people who do business in the center, not to mention people who make their money from tips like the waiters , they hurt tourism and give a bad image of the city and of the teachers.
Schools are not out yet and they basically abandon their post for the sake of politics, it is pretty bad for the children and the State as a whole.There is no reason for thm to be in the center except for the publicity since the admnistrative center have moved. Preety awful in my opinion.
 
 
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