The assistant secretary for human rights at the Interior Secretariat Roberto Campa promised a transparent investigation to find those responsible for assassinating eight people during clashes in Nochixtlán, Oaxaca between federal police and CNTE sympathizers.
At a meeting with Nochixtlán villagers he said that he agreed to form a group with international bodies to monitor the investigation to be carried out by the Attorney General’s Office into the killings.
++ The assistant secretary for Elementary Education Javier Treviño said that teacher assessment tests for acceptance and promotions are not being halted.
After a meeting with the National Techers Union, the pro-government union, Treviño said that teacher assessment tests are not being suspended because work groups with the SNTE are to strengthen education reform implementation.
++ Hebelia Solís Carpio, a teacher at a kindergarten in Morelia, Michoacán who received the Altamirano Teacher Award in 2000 charged that she was unfairly dismissed from her job as a teacher together with another seven of her colleagues at her school. Solís Caripio said her dismissal was unjustified and that authorities are dismissing teachers arbitrarily.
++ Authorities in Monterrey arrested Guadalupe Castillo, head of the SNTE Section 50 in Nuevo León, on charges he embezzled 35 million pesos. The arrest comes after Castillo in recent days headed a huge SNTE teachers’ march in Monterrey to protest education reform.
++ Dissident teachers in Lázaro Cárdenas, in Michoacán, reportedly threw rocks at teachers who were guarding the pay unit at the port.
++ Teachers belonging to the dissident SNTE in Chiapas agreed they would on Friday suspend eight highway blockades set up at different points in the state.
++ The number of schools that joined the dissident SNTE strike in Mexico City grew on Thursday to 118 from 114 on Wednesday.
++ A federal judge handed down an indictment against former PAN local deputy, Lucero Sánchez López, on charges she used a fake voting card to visit Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán in prison at the Altiplano top security prison.
++ Authorities in Mexico City arrested Heriberto Zazueta Godoy, a.k.a. “El Capi Beto,” and who has been linked to the leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel Ismael “El Mayo Zambada.”
++ The director of the Federal Electricity Commission, Enrique Ochoa Reza, acknowledged he wants to be PRI party chief and will on Friday announce his intentions.