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Police end occupation of Mexico City center

September 13, 2013 • World News


A rescue worker assesses the injury of a man after he was beaten by riot police during a police action to clear out striking teachers from the Zocalo, Mexico City main plaza, Friday Sept. 13, 2013. Riot police swept thousands of teachers out of the heart of Mexico City on Friday, driving protesters through the streets with tear gas and water cannons in a swift end to the weeks-long occupation of the Zocalo plaza over reforms to the dysfunctional national education system. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Riot police swept thousands of striking teachers out of the heart of Mexico City on Friday, driving protesters through the streets with tear gas and water cannons in a swift end to the weeks-long occupation of the Zocalo plaza over reforms to the dysfunctional national education system.

It was a dramatic reassertion of state authority after weeks of near-constant disruption in the center of one of the world’s largest cities. The teachers have marched through the capital at least 15 times over the last two months, decrying President Enrique Pena Nieto’s plan to break union control of education with a new system of standardized teacher testing that become law on Tuesday.

Authorities did not immediately report any injuries. Federal police chief Manuel Mondragon said more than 20 demonstrators were arrested.

The teachers’ demonstrations have slowed passage of Pena Nieto’s education reform and the pace of his wider Login to read more

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