Oaxaca Government threatens to arrest protest organizers who block streets

After more than 18 hours of a blockade, drivers of the “Libertad” Union reopened federal roads 190 and 175 in the capital of Oaxaca and the metropolitan area, after negotiating with the State Government over arrest warrants issued for protest organizers.

Yesterday and today, in interviews on radio newscasts of the capital, the head of the State Attorney General, Rubén Vasconcelos Méndez, insisted that the law would not be negotiated and that the leaders of that union, Erick Iván, and Juan Luis Villaseca, were going to be arrested for varies crimes including blocking public streets.

“We have a judicial mandate that we are going to execute; It is very clear to us that the law cannot be negotiated, that when people commit crimes they have to suffer the consequences and when the judges issue an arrest warrant for a serious crime above all, we have to act immediately.”

“That is why we are very surprised that a blockade derives from a claim about impunity; this we will not tolerate or allow or we will condescend in this requirement, we will execute the judicial mandates,” he said today to the newscast “La Z Noticias”.

On Monday, hundreds of dump trucks, taxis and motorcycle taxis allied with the “Libertad” union blocked the west and south accesses to the capital from 6:00 am.

After the Ministry of Mobility threatened to initiate legal proceedings against owners of public service units that would participate in the blockade, the vehicles and drivers started their activities normally on Tuesday.

The taxis’ that participated in the demonstrations on Monday, covered with taxi numbers, plates and logos of identification with tape and cardboard.

As of this morning, the government of Oaxaca has not reported any agreements established with the union, who withdrew from the roads around 1:00 AM Wednesday morning.

While the protesters are gone, they leave behind piles of trash in the streets.

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This article was written by Ian Hayden Parker, Oaxaca Life staff writer, the leading source for English news in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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