Police in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero have been photographed brutally attacking protesting teachers yesterday, causing outrage on social media. Thousands of teachers, members of the Guerrero teachers' union CETAG, were blocking Acupulco airport in the state, demanding justice for the Ayotzinapa 43, the student teachers who were forcibly abducted last September, and protesting at the fact that thousands of teachers and other public servants have not been paid.

One of the protesting teachers told the media network Telesur: 'We were blocking the entrance of the airport and we were facing the federal police when suddenly a bus came from the side, running over everything in its way until it got to the federal police. This provoked everything. It’s notable that not only did they break up the blockade but they also arrested whoever they could. They took me out of a van and threw me onto the floor … we are organizing in order to support our friends, students, parents, and teachers of the CETAG. We make the government responsible for any disappearances.'

Pictures have been published on the internet, showing what appears to be great violence to teachers, many of whom have been hospitalised and over 100 arrested, according to reports. This is all the more shocking, given the attacks on the student teachers last September. Only last week students from Ayotzinapa demonstrated outside military police headquarters in Guerrero, holding them partly responsible for the fate of the Ayotzinapa 43. As I write, news is coming in that one elderly teacher has died as a result of the police violence.

Update on this report:

The death of the retired teacher and injuries to many more - some reports say over 200 were injured in yesterday's police action -  have been met with more protests by the teachers, who blocked the main arterial road, the Autopista del Del Sol yesterday (February 25th) in the face of riot police. Meanwhile there were protest marches by teachers in many other parts of the country, including Oaxaca and the capital Mexico City. One of the teachers, speaking from a platform in the capital said: 'the state and federal governments are solely responsible for what happened in Acapuulco yesterday.'

To read more background to the Mexican teachers' struggle, go to the Mexico page on this website.