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Mexico, radical teachers to hold talks after deadly clashes

  • Trucks block the highway in Oaxaca state, near the town of Nochixtlan, Mexico, Monday, June 20, 2016. Mexican police say few teachers were involved in violence at a weekend highway protest in which six people died. The teachers are protesting against plans to overhaul the country's education system which include federally mandated teacher evaluations. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    Trucks block the highway in Oaxaca state, near the town of Nochixtlan, Mexico, Monday, June 20, 2016. Mexican police say few teachers were involved in violence at a weekend highway protest in which six people died. The teachers are protesting against plans to overhaul the country's education system which include federally mandated teacher evaluations. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)  (The Associated Press)

  • The mother of Jesus Cadena, who died last Sunday during the clearing of the highway by police, is comforted by relatives, in Nochixtlan, in Oaxaca state, Mexico, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Violence erupted during the weekend in which at least six people died in confrontations between the police and striking teachers. The teachers are protesting against plans to overhaul the country's education system which include federally mandated teacher evaluations. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    The mother of Jesus Cadena, who died last Sunday during the clearing of the highway by police, is comforted by relatives, in Nochixtlan, in Oaxaca state, Mexico, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Violence erupted during the weekend in which at least six people died in confrontations between the police and striking teachers. The teachers are protesting against plans to overhaul the country's education system which include federally mandated teacher evaluations. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)  (The Associated Press)

  • People carry the coffin of Jesus Cadena, who died last Sunday during the clearing of the highway by police, in Nochixtlan, in Oaxaca state, Mexico, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Violence erupted during the weekend in which at least six people died in confrontations between the police and striking teachers. The teachers are protesting against plans to overhaul the country's education system which include federally mandated teacher evaluations. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    People carry the coffin of Jesus Cadena, who died last Sunday during the clearing of the highway by police, in Nochixtlan, in Oaxaca state, Mexico, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Violence erupted during the weekend in which at least six people died in confrontations between the police and striking teachers. The teachers are protesting against plans to overhaul the country's education system which include federally mandated teacher evaluations. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)  (The Associated Press)

The Mexican government and representatives of a dissident teachers' union have agreed to hold talks after weekend clashes in which eight people were killed and more than 100 were injured.

The sit-down is planned for Wednesday in Mexico City and will be led by Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong. The Interior Department said Tuesday in a statement that the talks will seek to find solutions that allow for a return to peace in regions that have seen turbulent protests recently.

The National Coordinator of Education Workers is vehemently opposed to education reforms that include subjecting teachers to evaluations and has led demonstrations in several states and the Mexican capital. The deadly clashes between police and protesters took place in the southern state of Oaxaca.