Oaxaca: another teacher killed as Senate committee blocks solution

Following an extended debate, a Mexican Senate committee voted 11-3 late Oct. 18 not to dissolve the Oaxaca state government, while demonstrators demanding a solution to the five-month crisis announced plans to escalate protests. In Oaxaca City, a teacher was shot and killed by unknown assailants after leaving a late-night meeting with other teachers.

With the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) in support of the measure to dissolve the Oaxaca government, and the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) opposed, the ruling National Action Party (PAN) was poised to tip the scale - but its lawmakers were clearly divided.

Meanwhile, two dozen teachers and activists from Oaxaca entered their third day of a hunger strike they started Oct. 16,