The seizure of the Culiacán Airport brings anger, fatigue and disappointment

Thursday 15 June, 2023
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The green areas of the parking lot of the Culiacán International Airport functioned as bedrooms on the night of Tuesday, June 13.

The farmers fell exhausted before the exhaustion of a hectic and demanding day, which started very early and hit furiously with temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius.

During the night there were shifts so that the airport doors, which had to remain closed, were not neglected.

Around 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, everyone was awake, ready for a new day of demonstrations.

The farmers’ demonstration began at 10:30 on Tuesday at the Government Palace, where the producers decided to go to the airport so that their fight would have a national scope.

Despite blockades by the State Police, who prevented the passage of vehicles in strategic areas, and after a 6-kilometer walk, the farmers took over the Culiacán International Airport.

At 8:00 a.m., the state police lifted the blockade on Boulevard Las Torres and Calzada Aeropuerto, since it was already affecting citizens who were trying to move through the area. But the blockade was lifted again by Municipal Transit.

After traffic jams were registered, the municipal authority decided to remove the blockade and remained in the sector, vigilant, but freeing the roads.

However, a state police checkpoint remains in the area to access the airport via the Calzada Aeropuerto and the Maxipista Benito Juárez. These police prevent access to vehicles, whether they are the media or people who work in private companies and bring food or drinks for agricultural producers.

Farmers are passing water and food on foot, walking more than a kilometer from the State Police trains.

At 9:40, Governor Rubén Rocha Moya led a press conference to follow up on the issue of the demonstrations. After a two-hour conference, the Governor invited farmers to demonstrate at the private facilities of industrialists, whom he blamed for low corn prices.

“Gruma, Minsa, Cargill, are boycotting our program and they are responsible, it is not the President, they are responsible for us having problems selling our corn at a good price. And I tell those who protest, and I mean it, rather than looking for an appointment with the President, I invite them to locate their plants and go, I go with them, and we are going to take them, ”he warned.

To this comment, the farmers pointed out that it should be the responsibility of the Federal and State Government to implement strategies against the monopoly that the Governor accuses.

“That they put tariffs, that they condition the industrialists. We industrialists don’t even listen to us, we don’t paint,” said Sergio Camacho, a producer from Angostura.

The PRI councilor, Flor Ignacia Hernández Martínez, was present at the airport, who was talking with the farmers and recorded a video about the demonstration. After an hour of visiting she left.

After 3:00 p.m. the food for the farmers arrived, they were cakes and soft drinks.

Followed by this, Elements of the Attorney General of the Republic appeared at the demonstrationThey took some photos of the protest, and withdrew without making any statements.

It is 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday and the takeover of the Culiacán airport continues.

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Source: from Noroeste Culiacán on 2023-06-14 20:00:03

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