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Highway 1 Blockades


With partial blockades on the Transpeninsular highway in the different delegations south of Ensenada, farm workers remembered two years of the raising of day laborers from the San Quentin Valley.

The barricades began at 05:00 hours, where day laborers began to put stones, tires and what they found on the side of the road, in the colony Lázaro Cárdenas, the delegation of Vicente Guerrero and Punta Colonet.

In each and every one of the blocks, they gradually opened the traffic lanes so that the trailers and passenger lorries continued their journey both north and south of the municipality of Ensenada.

In some stretches of San Quintín and Vicente Guerrero, some people would come down from their vehicles and try to talk with the day laborers to let them pass as they went to schools or health clinics.

At some point in a section of the colony Lázaro Cárdenas, there were moments of tension as several vehicles did not respect the closing of the road and with their vehicles they tried to pass and continue their journey.

In the delegation of Vicente Guerrero, since the early hours of yesterday about 25 people, including minors, closed the traffic at the junction towards the colony May 13, affecting day laborers who went to work.

Until this place came agents of the Federal Police, who spoke with them and made them see the problem that could cause the road to be closed because at the time of closing there was a lot of fog on this important artery.
In the colony Lázaro Cárdenas, while they gradually opened the road, some protesters called for “cooperation” towards the drivers of the trailers, some of them cooperating to avoid being detained for longer.

In each and every one of the delegations where there were partial blockades of the roads, there were no violent acts or looting, demonstrators only partially closing the traffic lanes.

Emergency meeting
While the blockades in the different delegations in the center of Government were developed the delegates of San Quintín, Vicente Guerrero, commanders of the Federal Police, Municipal and Mexican Army met.
The meeting touched on the most important issue on the blockades and not allow the outrages that occurred two years ago, when there were looting in the different delegations.

Make way
After 13:00 hours, they went to the colony Lázaro Cárdenas, municipal, state and federal authorities to talk to the demonstrators and convince them to open the circulation completely.
For about 20 minutes the authorities spoke and managed to convince the day laborers to completely remove the blockade they held for about five hours with which they affected the circulation.

Punta Colonet
The ejido Diaz Ordaz was one of the places most affected by the blockades, since the rows of vehicles arrived until about two kilometers, which they waited their turn so that they could continue in its way.
In this place the closing of the roads lasted until about 20 minutes, where the nonconformists opened the lanes of circulation by few minutes generating a vehicular chaos and an annoyance on the part of the conductors.

Support day laborers
The local deputy, Claudia Agatón Muñiz, said that because of the economic crisis that hurts more those who have less and those that the government tries to keep calm with gifts in the form of pantries and small subsidies, does not manage to alleviate neither hunger nor marginalization .
“On the contrary, the current economic model based on the exploitation of the poorest, the looting of natural resources and the impoverishment of the middle classes, with the consequent accumulation of wealth in a few hands, has caused the conditions Of the working class in general, have been deteriorating dramatically, affecting not only their working conditions but their quality of life, “said Agatón.
In the case of Baja California, he said, one of the most marginalized, exploited and impoverished sectors is the agricultural day laborers, most of whom belong to various indigenous peoples, who for decades have been exploited and violated in their social security labor rights And medical care.
“Two years ago agricultural laborers in southern Ensenada were involved in a movement that crammed the region and showed the inhuman and illegal conditions of how they are treated by various companies and horticultural ranches,” he said.

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