You Deserve an Update
Not a whole lot has changed since I last blogged but here is an update. The teachers are still striking, and now many of the Oaxacan people are in on it as well. At night many people set up barricades at the end of their streets so that the plainclothes policemen can not get through. The policemen are the only ones with guns, because it is illegal for nationals to own one. So the policemen go out in the wee hours of the night and shoot their guns and try to intimidate and break up the protestors. There has been at least one person killed this way and several others injured. We do not have any of this on our street but about 5 streets over from us they have their barricade and burning tires.
For now we are laying low. We stay home a lot and when we do go out we are careful to avoid crowds and dangerous areas. We also do not go out at night or too early in the morning as these are the hours when things get rowdy.
In fact tomorrow, Tuesday, most of the businesses in Oaxaca are closing in order to raise the governments awareness of the situation. Because of this our marriage group wants to go have breakfast up in the mountains on their unexpected day off. We will see if we end up going or not...
We are praying that this situation resolves quickly and that peace returns to Oaxaca.