Teachers Protest for Pay Increase in Guatemala
GUATEMALA CITY – At least 21 teachers were arrested by security forces as they blocked an important highway in southern Guatemala April 25 to pressure the government to give them a pay hike and accede to other demands put forward by their union.
National Civil Police Director Julio Hernández told reporters that the teachers were arrested when they refused to open the roadway leading to Puerto Quetzal, some 90 kilometers south of the capital.
“The arrested people were taken to the police station and placed at the disposition of the courts,” Hernández said.
According to reports by local radio, thousands of striking teachers halted the flow of traffic on more than 20 stretches of roads, mainly in the western and northeastern parts of the country, preventing vehicles from reaching the border with Mexico.
Some 85% of the more than 90,000 public school teachers have been on strike since last week to demand a 16% salary increase, as well as teaching material and food for students.
You may be interested
Diego Fournier: Art just doesn’t have to be pretty, it has to say somethingIva Alvarado - November 18, 2018
I was drinking coffee in the Steinvorth building in downtown San José a few hours before I met the 29-year-old…
Q&A: Donald Trump and “Building the Wall” with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert SchenkkanYamlek Mojica Loáisiga - November 17, 2018
Robert Schenkkan, 65, is a brilliant man. He’s been acting and writing for more than 40 years and penned the…