Teachers burn electoral material and raid facilities in Mexico amid calls for a boycott of midterm elections scheduled for June 7 and repeal of education reform law. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Protesting teachers set fire to an office of the electoral institute and burnt electoral material in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca on Monday (June 1) as the country prepares to hold its mid-term elections on June 7 amid tension and social unrest calling for a boycott of the elections. Regional elections across several states and for the whole lower congress in Mexico are shaping up to be tense in Oaxaca, where teachers have also joined movements against education reforms proposed by President Enrique Pena Nieto. Teachers from the state's Section 22 of the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE) raided offices belonging to Mexico's National Electoral Institute (INE) and set fire to electoral material. Workers of the institute and firefighters helped to put out the blaze. In Oaxaca City, teachers set fire to electoral stationary and empty boxes outside INE offices. The messages "Electoral Boycott" and "General Strike" were seen painted on the walls outside. Electoral authorities have not yet confirmed whether the destroyed electoral material will be replaced. Activists as well as diverse social groups in Oaxaca have threatened to suspend elections and have called for citizens not to vote nor to legitimize what they call the corrupt political class. Protesters complain politicians and their political parties don't represent the people. Last week, hundreds of people marched in Mexico City, eight months after the abduction and possible murder of 43 students in Iguala. To end their protest, they set fire to political propaganda to show their contempt for all the political parties and their distrust of the electoral process.