Chicago Teachers Union members are protesting Tuesday afternoon in solidarity with several thousand teachers in Mexico who were fired after going on strike against education reforms.
Some 4,000 teachers with the La Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educacion (CNTE) union are reportedly being fired for not reporting to work during the strike.
CTU members are protesting outside and delivering a letter to the Mexican Consulate in support of the fired teachers.
"The response from the Mexican government, under the leadership of President Enrique Pena Nieto, has been brutal and repressive as members of La CNTE who staged an occupation in Mexico City were met with violence when Mexican federal police abruptly uprooted and evicted strikers," reads a CTU statement. "The CTU condemns the repressive actions of the Mexican government under the leadership of President Pena Nieto, who, rather than respond to demands that teachers have made against his unjust education reforms, has chosen to criminalize and jail activists."