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    Death Toll From Clashes Between Mexican Police, Teachers Rises to 12

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    At least 12 people were killed in clashes between Mexican police and protesting teachers in country's south-west, local TeleSUR reported.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Ten out of 12 people were killed in Nochixtlan province after police had opened gunfire to clear the Oaxaca-Puebla highway blocked by the demonstrators, TeleSUR said Monday, citing education workers union.

    Teachers were protesting against employment reform in education sector. The reform launched by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto tightens requirements for teacher applicants. It has faced much criticism from teachers claiming that it fails to assess effectively professional skills and justifies mass layoffs.

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