Mexico breaks up teachers' blockade of highway

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Associated Press

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 10:01 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 5 at 10:33 PM

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Hundreds of federal police have forced protesting teachers off the main highway between Mexico City and Acapulco that they had blocked for hours.

The teachers are protesting an educational reform that will submit them to evaluation and loosen union control over hiring and firing.

The teachers had blocked the highway for hours on Friday, the third time they have done that.

The blockade had caused long lines of trucks, buses and autos to build up on the four-lane highway.

Helmeted police with shields pushed into the crowd of teachers, who fought back with pointed staves. Police responded with tear gas.

There were no immediate reports of how many people were injured.

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