The struggle by Mexican teachers and communities against the neo-liberal policies of President Pena Nieto are continuing unabated, despite the of Zocalo square in Mexico City last week. Teachers from Oaxaca protested again in Mexico City yesterday.

The movement of teachers is now part of a much broader coalition against the so-called Pact For Mexico, which is supported by all the political parties, and which opens up the state oil company to privatisation, as well as restricting labour rights and instituting the education reforms, against which teachers and communities have been protesting for weeks.

Protests have taken place over the last week in many parts of Mexico. In Chiapas, for example, teachers, farmers, students and labour unions have set up a 'Unitary Struggle Front', inspired by the teachers' strike. A spokesperson commented: “This will help us because from now on every struggle will be shared by the working class and not just a particular sector.That’s because the education, tax and energy reforms will affect all the Mexican people."

In other parts of the country teachers and their supporters have occupied factories, blocked roads, marched and demonstrated in front of media corporations, which have kept up a hostile campaign against the teachers' movement. In Verakruz, teachers and students chanted "If there is repression, there will be revolution!" when their demonstration was violently broken up.

US vice-president Joe Biden visited the country last week and gave his backing to Nieto's reforms. His office stated: "The global competitiveness of both our countries requires continued and deepened economic integration, commercial exchanges and policy alignment." Certainly the reforms, which Nieto is attempting to introduce in education come from the same stable as those being foisted on public schools in the US and in many other countries around the world - high stakes testing, privatisation, performance related pay, globalised curricula and attack on teacher unions. That is one reason the many messages of international solidarity have been warmly welcomed by the teachers of Mexico.

Much of the information about last week's events for this article came from .