A shuttered gas station in Uruapan A shuttered gas station in Uruapan. quadratín

Tired of blockades? Mount one in protest

Tired of heavy traffic caused by blockades in Uruapan, community launches its own

What do citizens do when they’re fed up with ongoing blockades of highways? They mount a blockade of their own.

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That’s what happened this week in San Angel Zurumucapio, Michoacán, better known for its many musical bands and rebozos, or shawls. Residents shut down traffic on the San Angel-Uruapan highway to protest the increased use of the road by heavy trucks.

Those trucks were forced to use that highway as an alternative route due to another blockade in the city of Uruapan.

The new blockade meant there was no access at all to Uruapan, the state’s second largest city.

That was on Thursday. Yesterday, gas station owners got into the act with a blockade of their own: they shut down at noon, leaving drivers in the city of more than 300,000 without access to fuel.

The gas stations too were protesting ongoing highway blockades and their effect on business.

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Those blockades have been part of activities by members of the radical teachers’ union, the CNTE, and students of normal schools, or teacher training colleges, to protest the arrest of an indigenous leader.

Blockades also took place in the capital, Morelia, and Lázaro Cárdenas.

The indigenous leader, Nicolás Cervantes Rangel, was released last night after the CNTE posted a bond of 1.3 million pesos (US $85,000). The blockades came down shortly after, but there has been no report on the status of the gas stations.

Source: Milenio (sp), La Voz de Michoacán (sp)

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