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September 27, 2006 | Sam Enriquez and Rafael Bucio, Special to The Times
Parents and children gathered early Tuesday in front of the Enrique Rebsamen Primary School after the governor over the weekend ordered teachers to end a four-month strike that has ballooned into a chaotic leftist rebellion. Handwritten signs were posted at the school: "Welcome to class. Bring your children with confidence." When the bell rang at 9:05 a.m., about 150 students went to class. But the teachers were still missing.
September 3, 2006 | Jane Engle
THE U.S. State Department urged Americans to "carefully consider the risks of traveling" to the city of Oaxaca in southern Mexico because of what it called "increasingly violent demonstrations" by teachers, students and other groups. What began as a teachers strike in May has grown into widespread unrest in the capital of Oaxaca state, whose distinctive colonial architecture, museums and arts and crafts are popular with tourists.
August 28, 2006 | Sam Enriquez, Times Staff Writer
The trouble here started in the classroom and has spilled into the streets of this colonial tourist capital, where a three-month teachers strike has grown into a dangerous and, at turns, farcical Mexican revolution. Thousands of protesters camp in and around the central plaza. They maintain makeshift barricades of stones, boards and sheets of corrugated metal that seal off entire blocks surrounding the historic downtown.
July 3, 2006 | Reed Johnson, Times Staff Writer
In the months leading up this nation's presidential election, the contest was often described as one between two very different Mexicos: the prosperous and the poor. On Sunday, both were fully on display in this deeply polarized city.
June 19, 2006 | Hector Tobar, Times Staff Writer
A conflict between striking teachers and the government of Oaxaca is threatening to envelope the southern state in crisis ahead of the July 2 presidential election, with the teachers promising a new wave of mobilizations this week. The strike, which began as a demand for significant wage increases, has evolved into a political dispute, with the teachers now calling for the resignation or impeachment of Gov. Ulises Ruiz.
June 18, 2006
JENNA DOSCH went on a photography class trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, in March and came back with this piece for her portfolio. Returning one afternoon from a nearby monastery, she was serenaded by the man with the guitar on the bus and took his picture with a Nikon D2X. "I like this one because it brought me back there," said Dosch, who just graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. "I can hear the guy playing the music."
April 16, 2006 | Richard Boudreaux, Times Staff Writer
The prickly plants started in Catalina Sanchez's garden and now stretch across her neighbors' fields as far as the eye can see. They pop up on acre after acre as word gets around: This village of dirt floors and outdoor toilets expects to get rich exporting cactus. The seed money comes from men who couldn't make a living here and left for California, the idea from one of the women they left behind.
July 20, 2005 | Reed Johnson, Times Staff Writer
A bitter standoff at a newspaper office in the southern state of Oaxaca ended Monday night when police and picketing union members allegedly forced their way into the building and removed journalists and press workers who had been barricaded inside since June 17.
July 15, 2005 | Reed Johnson, Times Staff Writer
Thirty-one newspaper workers in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca prepared Thursday to enter their fifth week barricaded inside their own building in a bitter labor dispute that has drawn condemnation from human rights and media advocacy groups. Employees of the newspaper Noticias, Voz e Imagen de Oaxaca say they have been forced to remain inside their workplace since June 17 in order to keep publishing because of a picket line set up by a union with ties to state government leaders.
May 22, 2005 | Mark Stevenson, Associated Press Writer
Two years ago, artists and architects banded together to stave off McDonald's from opening on the picturesque main square in the southern city of Oaxaca. Now some of those same activists are under attack themselves over their plan to evict another foreign invader -- the towering India laurel trees that shade the historic plaza. Opponents say the idea is political correctness run amok.
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