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A burned-out bus remains at the scene of the confrontation in Nochixtlán. A burned-out bus remains at the scene of the confrontation in Nochixtlán.

Roadblocks removed on Oaxaca-Mexico

Teachers' union takes down Nochixtlán blockades but reinstalls two others in isthmus

Two highway blockades in Oaxaca — one on the Oaxaca-Mexico City freeway — were removed today but two more were reinstalled in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

The CNTE teachers’ union took down the blockades at Asunción Nochixtlán, one of which was on the freeway and the other on federal highway 190.

Nochixtlán was the scene of last Sunday’s confrontation between police and teachers and allied organizations when the former attempted to remove the blockade, which was erected last Monday.

Nine people were killed and at least 100 injured.

In the isthmus, teachers mounted roadblocks once again in Tehuantepec and Jalapa del Marqués.

Blockades were also reported to have been removed in three coastal municipalities in Chiapas: Mapastepec, Escuintla and Villa Comaltitlán.

At least a dozen blockades remain and they are creating food and fuel shortages in coastal communities of Oaxaca.

There was no gasoline today in either Puerto Escondido or Huatulco, according to reports, although bootleg gas was being sold in the latter town for up to 40 pesos per liter, said hotel operator Leopoldo Ayón.

“The mobility problem is serious now that 40% of vehicles are immobile.”

He also said food supplies are running out and stores are closing. Some hotels only have enough supplies to last a week.

In Puerto Escondido, hotels association president Walter Guillermo Ríos said half the hotel reservations for July and August have been canceled, which could force hotels to lay off staff.

That’s what is happening in the city of Oaxaca, according to the president of a business group. Esther Merino warned of massive layoffs and business closures.

She lamented the slow pace of talks between federal officials and the teachers’ union. “I’m really disappointed by the kind of dialogue; they’ve delayed meeting again until Monday as if the situation were not urgent. We can’t wait until Monday.”

Source: Reforma (sp)

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