Frankly, living in the centre of the city means you eventually get used to seeing police being mobilized here and there. After all, there's a demonstration against something going on every few days. But it's not everyday you see the display we did a couple of weeks ago, when teachers from the union called CNTE gathered by the Palacio de Bellas Artes, in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, poised to march all the way to the main square – the Zócalo.
Now, I won't get into the CNTE and education reform conflict, because that is one very complex issue that brings about some extremely strong reactions from all sides. Suffice it to say that there is indeed a serious education problem where those who most need it and can least afford it are also the most disserviced, where there is also an ideological base that completely opposes the current capitalistic status quo, where there is a history of repression, where there is a history of privileges that can even be passed on as inheritance, and where even racism plays a part.
For what it's worth, these are just some photos of that day where even our jaded selves were in shock.