Seven people were injured on Wednesday in Tixtla, Guerrero when riot police attacked normalistas from Ayotzinapa who came to back up striking workers. Riot cops attempted to forcefully evict several ongoing sit-ins but normalistas forced the police in Tixtla to retreat.
In a simultaneous operation Wednesday morning in the cities of Acapulco, Tixtla, Iguala and Chilpancingo, state police evicted workers of the Superior Court of Guerrero (TSJ) who have been staging a sit-in for 28 days demanding better wages. Striking workers have been holding sit-ins in at least eight municipalities in the state of Guerrero.
In Tixtla, normalistas from Ayotzinapa armed with sticks and stones arrived at the headquarters and drove fifty riot cops away. The normalistas recovered and re-closed the public building.
VIDEO: Normalistas force riot police to retreat from Tixtla eviction
For more than three weeks, judicial workers stopped work and took over the headquarters of the Supreme Court in different parts of the state to demand better pay and denounce nepotism and alleged corruption of judges. Judicial workers are holding work stoppages in Chilpancingo, Acapulco, Iguala, Zihuatanejo, Chilapa, Coyuca de Catalán, Arcelia and Tixtla.
The strikers claimed that the security forces arrived at dawn without any eviction documents, ensuring that the order came from “above”, from the secretary general of the government and the governor. Violent evictions also took place in Iguala and Acapulco.
“Normalistas from Ayotzinapa are attacked by riot police in Tixtla, Guerrero.”
Striking workers are demanding a salary increase of 35%. So far negotiations are underway however new tensions arose after Wednesday’s police evictions.