They demand a cut in ENAH … and sabotage

At least one hundred students of the National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH) protested for the better condition of their teaching staff, over-recruiting teachers and resources for the maintenance of the institute, claiming that they were “forgetting In addition, in his expression he vandalized the INAH headquarters and painted buildings and monuments.

Later, INAH denounced these acts of vandalism – in particular the Envoy of Freedom – and dismissed that under the protection of protest attacks against the country’s cultural heritage.

Beginning at 11:30 a.m. yesterday, students were stationed in front of the facilities of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) in Mexico City to demand guarantees for the teaching staff, according to the spokesperson. There is no certainty to continue. In dependence for the next months.

In an interview with La Rezon, ENAH students’ spokeswoman Paulina Aragon assures that the budget is minimal to maintain the facilities which, she said, have been in poor condition for years.

“Amenities are falling apart, but it’s been a problem for years that can’t be solved, there are rooms that lack maintenance and need a lot of public works,” he said.

The spokesman said they need to retain teaching staff, as there are notices they may be sacking them – especially temporary ones – as well as that they need more teachers for their classes.

Separately, teacher Griselda Fuentes explained to this newspaper that the school has been abandoned over time, as she agrees that the lack of maintenance of the school’s infrastructure is becoming increasingly apparent, a situation which ” There is already a real problem”.

“The school lacks a lot of maintenance, the bathrooms are bad, the classes are bad; We need to tell them what happens to the budget and where it is going, because we have no answer and the students have to bear the brunt.

In addition, he stressed that they need more staff, as at times they have to work more due to lack of teachers. For this reason, he called for an audit of INAH management to know the destination of the annual budget, how and on what it is spent, as it does not adequately reach the School of Anthropology and History.

The protests intensified due to persistent complaints, so a group of alleged students took advantage of the situation and ransacked INAH facilities. About 30 people dressed in black began painting the walls and windows in front of the building’s headquarters with graffiti.

Activists at the site immediately took shelter to avoid any kind of aggression, the security personnel closed the doors to prevent entry.

The complainants pasted banners, cards and signs demanding resources for the school, as they assured they were in “complete oblivion” by the school and federal jurisdiction.

When he received no response from the authorities for his repeated requests for his presence, he chose to go to the Angel of Independence to continue his performance, but not before throwing stones and bottles in front of the main entrance of the institution. . The alleged painting students tried to break the glass with bricks, demanding that the leaders be released.

In a matter of 20 minutes, he closed the Paseo de la Reforma and repainted in the newly renovated Angel of Independence, moreover, he had some disagreements with motorists.

Earlier, CIDE academic Jean Mayer said the measure was a clear attack against higher education whose primary objective is UNAM. “The big target is UNAM. There was a change of rector in 2023 and John Ackerman said it could be a woman, and then he mentioned his wife, so the latest project is to take control of UNAM, they still can’t wait until 2023 do”, he warned.

While the ENAH teacher, Isaias Mendoza, stressed that the problem of lack of resources has been going on for years, so measures are needed to end the problem.

“It is essential that there are more resources for the maintenance and hiring of personnel, because we are in abandonment and workers and teaching staff need their base,” he said.

A temporary ENAH activist, Manuel Villegas, noted that the commitment is to base them in the next months, as failure to do so would lead to further protests. “We need a base because more protests and demonstrations are coming, because we must defend our work,” he clarified.