Teacher’s Day / Ayotzinapa Case
Teacher’s Day. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador congratulated teachers on May 15 and announced an 8.2% retroactive salary increase for all education workers.
López Obrador stated that no education worker in Mexico will earn less than MX$16,000 (US$911) per month. The president said that last year, on average, social security-insured workers earned a little over MX$12,000 (US$683) per month, but now that the economy is growing, salaries are improving.
He pointed out that the government will allocate an additional MX$42 billion (US$2.4 million) to the budget to strengthen public education in Mexico, emphasizing that this is not an expense but an investment. López Obrador highlighted that over 800,000 education workers have been regularized so far.
According to INEGI, as of 2022, there were over 2.17 million teachers in 255,535 schools across the country.
Ayotzinapa case. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador sent a message to Israel regarding the extradition of Tomás Zerón. Once again, he urged the government of Israel to fulfill its commitment to extradite Tomás Zerón to be charged in the Ayotzinapa case.
President López Obrador has repeatedly asked the government of Israel to extradite Tomás Zerón, former Head of the Criminal Investigation Agency, accused of torture and tampering with evidence in the disappearance of 43 students in 2014 in Ayotzinapa. In addition, he is accused of embezzling state funds. Zerón has denied the allegations and applied for asylum in Israel. Since Sept. 2020, Mexico filed a request to start Zerón´s extradition process. The Israeli government has not responded to this petition.
Mexican Artistic Swimming Team. President López Obrador denied the lack of support toward the Mexican artistic swimming team, following their gold medal win at the World Cup held in Egypt last weekend. López Obrador referred to the media as "sold and rented," after news outlets reported that the Mexican team had not received support and even had to sell swimsuits to fund their trip to Egypt.
Mexico achieved the gold medal in the Technical Mixed category at the World Aquatics Artistic Swimming World Cup 2023, held in Egypt last Saturday. In a closely contested race for the gold medal and with just over one point separating them from the second-place team, the Mexican representation led by Nuria Diosdado and Joana Jiménez, the only team representing the American continent, emerged victorious, reaching the top of the podium and claiming the gold medal with a score of 270.1584 points.
Just a few days ago, the Mexican artistic swimming team denounced the lack of support from the authorities, even resorting to selling various items, such as swimsuits, to gather resources for their trip to the competition.
Upon learning about the case, entrepreneurs Carlos Slim and Arturo Elías Ayub held a meeting with the athletes and provided them with support for the competition.