Friday, April 06, 2007

What were your teachers like?

I don't know about you, but I'm pretty sure the teachers I had were a bit more staid than those in Argentina who have been attacked with tear gas and rubber bullets by the police.

Carlos FuentealbaOne protesting teacher, Carlos Fuentealba, died on Wednesday after police attacked a 10,000 strong demonstration calling for higher wages. The main teachers union, CTERA, is to stage a strike this Monday against police violence, this call has been echoed by a national teachers' union umbrella, the CTA, and a national "day of mourning" has been called by the General Labour Confederation, GLC.

The Buenos Aires Herald says that the Argentinian Government has warned the local governer that disputes like these are not solved with a "shotgun". The Herald described the fatal attack saying "Fuentealba, 41, was hit in the head from a distance of less than two metres when he was inside a car with four other people during the protest by Neuquén teachers"

Argentine Indymedia directly blames Governor Sobisch for the brutal police repression that led to the death ("Carlos Fuentealba estaba manifestándose pacíficamente cuando la policía, bajo la orden del Gobernador Sobisch, reprimió con brutalidad.")

As things stand - with ripples of tension betwene local and national government and an ever escalating teachers' strike that is spilling into other sectors, gaining solidarity from other workers - these events look set to spark off a significant wave of protest and revolt.

Updates on this story elsewhere in the news:
Infoshop, Turkish Daily News, Bay Area Indymedia, World Socialist Website

2 comments:

C said...

I don't know about you, but I'm pretty sure the teachers I had were a bit more staid than those in Argentina who have been attacked with tear gas and rubber bullets by the police.

Your opinion is completely out of place. You dont see our teachers, their struggle and the way society does not care enough.
Staid? I will only say, you need to open your eyes before stating what color you have in front of you. I'm sorry that his death just means a sarcastic comment to you, perhaps life's good for you, maybe you never starved, or watched your kids cry out for something you just could not give them. These teachers fight for their salary, for a decent pay and the food they put on their tables every night, not for whatever stupid reason your shallow comment has as a background.
Staid? perhaps you should check how that word applies to your oppinion.

And despite what this looks like, i dont really censor what you think, or close your blog thinking anything but "its your right to think that way"
just, try harder... theres enough superficial causes in the world already to overlook the serious ones so simply.

Jim Jay said...

I'm sorry you think this post consists of one sentance. It doesn't.

I'm glad the teachers in Argentina are fighting for their rights and I'm inspired by the fact that other workers will be coming out in their support on Monday.

I think you've misunderstood this post. If you care to click this link you'll see that I've posted a number of times on issues in Latin America and I have always been on the side of the poor and oppressed fighting back against neo-liberal policies, domination from the US and their own local oligarchs.