People across the U.S. have rallied together after an ongoing protest in Oaxaca, Mexico, turned deadly on June 19. More than 20 people organized outside the Mexican Consulate in San Bernardino, California, on Wednesday with a list of demands to be heard, The Sun reported. The group, who said they represent the Mexican-American community of the Inland Empire, came in response to police opening fire during a protest over education reform in southern Mexico, leaving eight teachers dead and hundreds more injured.
“We want accountability, and we want to make sure that this doesn’t happen again,” said Emilio Amaya, an organizer of the protest, according to the publication.
It was a similar scene in Texas as dozens of people attended a rally outside Mexico’s Consulate in Houston on Wednesday. “We’re here to let them know that we want them to stop the repression,” said Marixa Andrade, who is part of the Committee of Communications with the People’s Assembly of Houston, according to KHOU.com. “The teachers want dialogue. That’s what they want. They want to speak, but we have not seen that so far.”
Thursday morning in New York, more than 50 people were still gathered outside the city’s Mexican Consulate, holding signs that read, “Oaxaca Resiste New York” and “Stop Killings.”
Zelene Suchilt, a Mexican national whose family was directly affected by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), told RT that she wasn’t surprised at the violence that took place in Oaxaca.
“That seems to be the modus operandi of not just the Mexico police but governments throughout Latin America and even in the U.S.,” said Suchilt, according to the publication. “We are having a peaceful protest [here] and we are surrounded by police. It is a global movement against state repression. . . We’ve had enough. . . the people who are not part of the one percent.”