Mexico City protests force change in speech date

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Teachers’ protests that have snarled traffic, blocked government buildings and caused the cancellation of sports events in Mexico City have prompted President Enrique Pena Nieto to change the date of his state-of-the-union address.

The address traditionally delivered around the start of Congress’ fall session was scheduled for Sunday. That’s the same day a dissident teachers’ union plans the latest in a series of protests against the president’s proposed education reform.

The protests have hampered passage of the reform and Pena Nieto canceled a Monday trip to Turkey in order to push through the legislation.

He told reporters that required a rethinking of the rest of his schedule. His office said Thursday that the speech would be Monday. Mexican media widely interpreted the move as an attempt to avoid the protests.

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