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Striking teachers in Mexico cleared out by riot police

Protesting teachers chant slogans at the Zocalo, Mexico City's main plaza, Friday, Sept. 13. Eduardo Verdugo / AP
Riot police position themselves near the Zocalo, Mexico City's main plaza, Sept. 13. Eduardo Verdugo / AP
Riot police enter the Zocalo to clear striking teachers, who had camped out there for weeks in protest, Sept. 13. Eduardo Verdugo / AP
Two protesting teachers run as riot police enter the Zocalo to clear out the striking teachers on Sept. 13. Dario Lopez-mills / AP
Two policemen attempt to put out a tent set on fire in the Zocalo after police cleared the striking teachers camp, Sept. 13. Eduardo Verdugo / AP

Thousands of teachers who have camped out at the Zocalo, Mexico City’s main plaza, for more than a month protesting against education reform, were cleared out by riot police. Minutes after a late-afternoon government deadline, riot police moved in, firing tear gas and ducking hurled rocks from the protesters. Within an half hour, the plaza was cleared and union organizers vowed to reassemble away from the Zocalo.