By Anthony Harrup / Wall Street Journal
Six protesters were killed and dozens of protesters and police were injured Sunday in clashes in southern Mexico when security forces cleared roads being blocked by members of a teachers’ group, Oaxaca state authorities said.
The clashes occurred as state and federal police sought to unblock a highway in southern Oaxaca state which the CNTE, a dissident faction of the national teachers union, had blocked to protest the arrests last week of several of the group’s leaders.
The leaders were arrested on charges of misusing union funds for personal benefit.
Jorge Alberto Ruiz, the secretary of public security in Oaxaca, said at a press conference that six people died during the unrest, and that 55 police officers and 53 civilians were injured. He said 21 arrests were made.
Oaxaca Governor Gabino Cué said his government decided to clear the roads after a week of blockades that had obstructed the distribution of fuel, food and medicine, and to halt protests that included looting of stores and the burning of vehicles.