Crackdown in Oaxaca

Showdown looms as Mexican riot police move in on city occupied by protesters

Machine guns and water cannon face plaza sit-in
Governor told to quit as teachers’ pay row spirals

Jo Tuckman in Oaxaca
Monday October 30, 2006
The Guardian

Riot police look on as a protester waves a national
flag during demonstrations in the Mexican city of
Oaxaca yesterday Riot police look on as a protester
waves a national flag during demonstrations in the
Mexican city of Oaxaca yesterday.

Thousands of federal riot police backed by armoured
trucks and helicopters pushed into the Mexican city of
Oaxaca yesterday as a protest that began over teachers’
pay spiralled into a major confrontation.

Police wearing body armour and carrying riot shields
and submachine guns were accompanied by water cannon
and helicopters as they moved from the outskirts of the
city towards the central plaza that has been occupied
by a leftwing movement for months.

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