Argentina: Teachers strike in memory of colleague

On October 5th there were mass walkouts nationwide by teachers in state and private schools in memory of a colleague who had been killed by police.

Submitted by jef costello on October 11, 2007

Carlos Fuentealba died in April after being struck by a tear gas grenade fired from almost point blank range. The attack took place after Jorge Sobisch, the then Governor of Neuquen and current presidential candidate, ordered police to crack down on a protest march by striking teachers.

The strike was called both as a commemoration and a protest, thousands of marchers converged on the National Assembly, marching behind banners saying 'Never again'. The strike was organised by workers' groups and the unions Ctera, Suteba and Aten. Human rights groups were also in attendance. According to reports the strike was very well observed.