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Mexican teachers boost roadblocks as officials call for end of protest

Protesters stand beside trucks blocking the highway in the state of Oaxaca, 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 the southern state of Oaxaca 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)

Protesters stand beside trucks blocking the highway in the state of Oaxaca, 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 the southern state of Oaxaca 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)  (Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribu)

Protesting teachers and their supporters once again blocked at least half a dozen highways in southern Mexico, hours after the government demanded an end to the highway blockades.

The federal police reported that blockades had been re-installed Saturday on roads in the southern states of Oaxaca and Chiapas.

Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said late Friday the blockades had hurt millions and "must end," adding "time is up."

Teachers protesting mandatory evaluations had loosened the highway blockades to allow gasoline tanker trucks through. But food and other basic necessities were in short supply.

The governmental National Human Rights Commission later issued a call "to all parties involved to re-establish dialogue, in an atmosphere of responsibility, civility and respect for peoples' dignity."

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