Highway blockades back up in Oaxaca

Triqui organization and allies block highways, transport workers block Oaxaca city streets

Highway blockades are back up in the state of Oaxaca but this time around it’s not the teachers manning the barricades.

Traffic was to be halted at 16 locations in all eight regions of the state today, mainly by the Unification Movement for the Triqui Struggle, known as MULT, whose chief preoccupation is the unsolved case of Nochixtlán and the missing 43 students of a Guerrero teachers’ college in 2014.

In the city of Oaxaca, meanwhile, unionized transportation workers closed highway 190 and various other thoroughfares starting at six o’clock this morning.

MULT spokesman Eleazar Ortiz said the organization’s first demand is the presentation alive of all Mexico’s missing persons (who number more than 30,000) and the students who disappeared during a night of violence in Iguala, Guerrero, in September 2014.

They also want the release of what they call political prisoners and justice for cases such as Nochixtlán, in which a clash between security forces and protesters blocking a highway left eight people dead in June last year.

Ortiz warned too that unrest continues in the Triqui region of Oaxaca, where a shaky peace pact has attempted to prevent violence among different factions in the indigenous community. He criticized authorities for taking no action to help resolve the situation.

The highway blockades, which began yesterday, are scheduled to go up at 8:00am each day. They will be lifted every two hours to allow traffic to pass.

Also joining the protest are the Popular Revolutionary Front and La Comuna.

Among the locations where traffic is being halted are San Dionisio Ocotepec, San Pablo Huixtepec, the toll booths at Huitzo, Putla Villa de Guerrero, Tlaxiaco, Huajuapan, Nacaltepec and Soledad Salinas.

The Oaxaca city protest stems from a union dispute and snarled traffic in at least 10 intersections in the city today. Thousands of people were left stranded as public transportation services halted operations.

Source: NVI Noticias (sp), El Universal (sp)