May 23, 2013
Teachers announce Friday strike over Macri sanctions
Secretary-general of UTE-CTERA Teachers' union Eduardo López announced a 24-hour strike for this Friday after the City Ministry of Education decided to remove six teachers from their positions in a Monte Castro public school over a “disrespectful representation” of Mayor Mauricio Macri and Education Minister Esteban Bullrich in a video mocking.
López went even further and stated: “If Macri does not allow people to debate ideas, to think against him, he cannot be called the representative of the people of Buenos Aires.
We are going on to strike because we believe and defend democracy."
Likewise, López remembered that Macri “is in no position to tell what’s right and what’s not as we all know he is being currently investigated and charged with being a member of an illegal wiretapping network.”
The Education Workers’ Union (UTE) condemned the measure and accused the City Government of “curtailing freedom of expression by persecuting and punishing those who express their ideas.”
The incident, which took place last March 20th, was filmed by one of the parents of the 6-year-olds observing the presentation, and it was a play in which the teachers impersonated Macri and Bullrich as they discussed the class integration in the city.