Protesters in Mexico City gather on Aug. 21 to denounce the education reform policies of President Enrique Peña Nieto. (Photo courtesy of Trojan Aeneas under Creative Commons license. License terms below.)
Protesters denounce reforms
Protesters in Mexico City. (Photo courtesy of Trojan Aeneas.)
Less than one year after taking office, the administration of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto faces serious challenges to its core policies. Leading the opposition are tens of thousands of public school teachers protesting the new No Child Left Behind-like law they contend will cost jobs, aggravate educational inequities and lead to privatization.
The protest, which counts months now, is expanding in both scope and participation and more and more assuming the character of a multi-issue popular movement.
Increasingly, the teacher protest is transforming from a single-issue opposition to the education reform into a broad movement against the cornerstones of the Pact for Mexico, the political program promoted by President Peña Nieto and the leaders of the Big Three political parties, which implements controversial educational, labor, energy and taxation reforms.