Kill the Teachers!

Posted on May 24, 2019


It happened abruptly, in southern Mexico:

It was five o’clock in the morning. Some people started shouting — they’d gotten warning calls on their cell phones. ‘Get up! Get up! The police are coming!’ I saw flashlights snap on. Then we heard the helicopters. They came in so low their big rotors sent things flying through the air. Then the whistling sounds as they fired tear gas. ‘What are they doing? Why are they doing this?’ teachers were shouting. We were coughing and choking, we were blinded, we tried to get our things together, people were shouting for their children…
Then the police came. It seemed like there were thousands of them. They were swinging their clubs, smashing everything. One of them in front of me grabbed a little girl and hurled her against a bench. Everyone was screaming. It was terrible. ‘Stop! What are you doing!’ I confronted several police. I thought because I was a woman they wouldn’t hurt me. But one of them jammed his club into my stomach so hard I fell over. Another police kicked me, hard.
I scrambled away–the tear gas was so thick I couldn’t see where I was going. I wanted to fight back but I had nothing to fight with. Somehow, I stumbled down a side street. I tried to call my husband on my cell phone but when he answered all I could do was cry…” – María Elena, primary school teacher from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca
Kill the Teachers by Robert Joe Stout tells the rest of story.

“Terrifyingly gritty….” “Awesome book.”

Posted in: Mexico Unveiled