Victims of crimes in Mexico resort to taking over highways… to ask for justice!

MEXICO.- Hundreds of policemen arrived at the Ecological peripheral of the city of Puebla. They jumped out of trucks and patrol cars and pushed men, women and children who in turn fought back as best they could: with shouts and shoves.

They were not prepared for such an onslaught. They didn’t even think about it, said the mother of Brayan and Adolfo, two boys kidnapped last May.

“We want them to come back. they are quiet young people who make a living selling fruit and vegetables, they didn’t harm anyone,” the woman told local media.

The idea arose, rather, as an act of impotence and imitation. Around that time, there were dozens of roadblocks across the country to demand justice for similar reasons, desperate parents, robbed workers, stolen carriers…

In the case of Puebla, the relatives went to the bar first, the last place where the boys were seen.. There they pasted photos of them between murmurs, impotence and desperation.

The mother did not remember whose idea it was to block the Ecological peripheral, but they took it without thinking that it would throw the entire city, the south of the state and even Mexico City into chaos.

The Ecological peripheral is directly connected to the highway that connects the Mexican capital with the capital of Puebla and affects everything. But the mother argued:

“We just saw a way to get attention,” he said. “That’s how a lot of people do.”

Since the end of last year, different social groups have resorted to blocking and taking over booths toll as a way of demanding compliance with their demands.

It is not a new issue in this country used to having up to 300 protests a day in CDMX, but it is surprising because they have left the cities to block roads and highways that suffocate entire cities.

130 kilometers from Puebla, in Mexico City, Santiago Cortés, an accountant who works to the west of the metropolis, took four hours to cross to the east, where he has his home. “We’re used to lockdowns here, but it’s too much”.

The reason for the increase is roadblocks in neighboring entities. Protests of all kinds: from health sector workers, from parents claiming teachers and maintenance of schools, retirees, peasants and even settlers protesting the lack of public services.

And, above all, high-impact crimes have been added more frequently.

After the police dispersed the protest in Puebla on May 6, the mother of Bryan and Adolfo went to the prosecutor’s office to file the complaint and the rest of the protesters continued to paste photos of the boys.

But almost two months later, the boys don’t show up.

From 1964 to date, 100,000 people have disappeared in Mexico, as recognized by the current government. Of these, 97% refer to cases after 2006 and in only 35 cases have the perpetrators been sentenced.

Murders, extortions, robberies and all kinds of crimes are added to the disappearances: nine out of 10 go unpunished.

In early June, a 16-year-old girl who was kidnapped by armed men on the morning of Friday, May 20, while on her way to school, took the Sol highway that connects CDMX with the port of Acapulco.

It was for several hours: they followed the example of teachers and students from the central area of ​​Guerrero, who for decades have managed to resolve their demands by blocking communication routes.

Two weeks later, the young woman was located, according to the local prosecutor’s office, which did not give more details.

“That’s the only way they deal with cases,” says Francisco López, a professor affiliated with the National Union of Education Workers in Guerrero.

At the end of May hundreds of carriers blocked highways across the country in protest against insecurity on the roads. Cargo theft is one of the most frequent. They dock 24 trailers the next day in the country.

The double game of law enforcement

In accordance with the Law of General Communication Routes, people who restrict “in whole or in part the transit of means of transport” will be punished with a sentence of two to nine years and fines of up to 4,000 dollars.

However, sanctions are not applied or applied only partially. Sometimes yes and sometimes not, and it is even given an unclear political use.

In Oaxaca, a group of activists confronted elements of the National Guardpolice and marines and freed the regional leader of the International Confederation of Workers (CWI), Juan Carlos Osorio, El Carlangas, who had an arrest warrant for the crimes of attacks on general communication routes, kidnapping and extortion.

According to the official report, the confrontation between the security forces and the union leader’s followers was reported in the vicinity of the facilities of the Secretary of the Navy in the Port of Salina Cruz, where an arrest warrant was issued for Osorio. . He was later released by the companions.

after several blockades on the Mexico-Puebla highway between May and JuneGovernor Miguel Barbosa said that many of these are incited by people with experience, treachery and “defending criminal interests” and asked the federal government for support.

To deal with highway blockades, some municipalities impose fines on protesters, such as in Hueytlalpan, where the mayor, Anayeli Gonzálex, sued five residents for acts of vandalism before the state prosecutor’s office after protests and blockades for the murder of two elderly men and two kids.

“Instead of improving the public ministries, what the authorities do is criminalize the protest and negotiate with the law,” observes Professor Francisco López. “That’s how this country has been for centuries.”

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