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Federal Police Opened Fire On Protestors In Oaxaca And No One Is Talking About It

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While you were lamenting Mexico’s humiliating 0-7 loss to Chile in the Copa America quarterfinals, sh*t was going down in Oaxaca, Mexico. On Sunday, confrontations between a teacher’s union and police — both federal and state — resulted in nine people killed, at least 100 injured, and 22 missing people.


A teacher’s union in Oaxaca set up multiple highway blockades as a protest.

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Sunday’s confrontations were the violent climax of seven days of demonstrations by the National Coordinator of Education Workers (Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación/CNTE). The teacher’s union has been protesting education reform that would change the way they are evaluated, as well as the arrest of two of its leaders for alleged money laundering.  That protest took the form of blocking major highways connecting Oaxaca to Mexico City. In some instances, the roads were blocked by passenger buses set on fire.


Federal and state police were called in to shut things down. That only made things worse.

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It’s still unclear which side started the confrontation, but the presence of law enforcement made a volatile situation even worse. According to the Mexican federal police, the protestors began attacking first.


The protestors allegedly lobbed Molotov cocktails at police.

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The government claimed that its officers were unarmed. The evidence proved otherwise. Here are several images…

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And here is video of the confrontation.

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As many as 9 people have been killed, with hundreds others injured and 22 people missing.

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There have been conflicting reports over the number of casualties. Reuters has the body count at six. Other unconfirmed reports put that figure at 9:

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The Oaxacan clashes have received very little media attention, leading various people, including Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, to tweet out their frustration.

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The violent clash has spurned even more protests in Oaxaca…

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… and in Mexico City, where people have called for the resignation of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

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The Oaxacan violence is only the latest public relations nightmare for the Mexican President. People are still demanding answers for the 2014 disappearance of 43 students.


READ: A Year Has Passed Since the Ayotzinapa 43 Went Missing, and These People Are Still Marching the Streets of Mexico

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The RNC's Latina Spokeswoman Had Trouble Saying Why She Defends Trump

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The RNC’s Latina Spokeswoman Had Trouble Saying Why She Defends Trump

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Let’s just all agree that we are happy NOT to have to defend Donald Trump.

Helen Aguirre Ferré sat down with José Díaz Balart on “Enfoque with Jose Diaz Balart” to talk about her new position within the Republican National Committee. Aguirre Ferré recently became the Director of Hispanic Communication, and has found herself having to defend Trump to Latinos as part of her job. That is arguably one of the toughest jobs on the planet at the moment. Rather than giving some good, strong answers about why Trump is the best candidate for Latinos, Aguirre Ferré stuck to the “Clinton is so bad” narrative. In short, Aguirre Ferré spent the whole interview evading any question about Trump, and mentioned Hillary Clinton so much you’d think she was working for the DNC.


So, what did she say when Diaz Balart asked her if there is division in the Republican Party over Trump? “Everyone has to make their own decision in this campaign, and that isn’t different from any other year,” Aguirre Ferré said in Spanish. “The Republican Party, like I said, is united in defeating Hillary Clinton and that is what unites all of us.”


And what does she have to say about defending Trump directly? “Look, the Republican Party and the work of the Republican National Committee is to represent the Republican Party, and we support all of our candidates, and I’m proud to be a member of the Republican Party,” Aguirre Ferré explained, trying to mention the word “Republican” as much as possible.


Let’s not forget that this is the same woman who was very anti-Trump just a few months ago.

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Whatever happened to this woman?


And she was very vocal in calling Trump out on his B.S. on Twitter.

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She once dragged the presumptive Republican nominee through the mud like it was her job.


She has even deleted some of the tweets because, you know, politics.

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But, hey, at least she wasn’t deleting emails, right?


READ: Donald Trump Cancels Interview With A Reporter Because He Answered His Phone In Spanish

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