Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Agreement negotiated after protests against uncompleted public projects

Two days of protests in the indigenous town of Capácuaro, Michoacán, in which more than a dozen vehicles were hijacked and some set on fire, concluded this morning.

Citizens of the town in the municipality of Uruapan took to the streets on Wednesday to demand that municipal authorities complete various public works projects.

Protesters blocked traffic on the Uruapan-Paracho highway and set fire to two cars and a semi-truck.

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Protests continued yesterday with the hijacking of 12 more vehicles and the occupation of the town’s main square. Late yesterday afternoon, government representatives met with the protesters to negotiate.

Talks between citizens and municipal and state officials concluded early this morning with an agreement that the protesters’ demands would be met. Among them were finishing a sports center, providing security, obtaining a garbage truck and concluding street paving work.

In exchange, the latter released the dozen hijacked vehicles they had been holding.

Source: Cambio de Michoacán (sp), Mi Morelia (sp)

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