“The government is the one that should be afraid”
Message from organized civil society after the gasolinazo
Chiapas civil society protest against the hike in gas prices.
Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas
“Despite the fear infused in the population, the mobilization took place. The government is the one that should be afraid,” asserted unions, social organizations, transport drivers, students and civil society angered by the rise in fuel prices in the country, after a march that started from the western part of the Chiapas capital and ended with a rally in the central park of Tuxtla.
“We protest against the starvation policies, which increase the cost of basic needs,” denounced members of the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE), who together with workers from the health sector evidenced the loss of the buying power of one’s salary in Mexico.
“Millions of people can’t be wrong,” university and teachers college students asserted, with respect to the different demonstrations of repudiation that are happening on a national level since the first days of this year faced with the increase in fuel prices. “The cost of transportation and food are going to go up, we cannot remain quiet,” students from institutions like the UNACH and the Mactumactzá Rural Teachers College warned.
“The water is reaching our neck. We demand a political case against Peña Nieto together with (Chiapas governor) Velasco Coello and Fernando Castellanos,” urged members of civil society, upon pointing out those who have supported the federal executive in his reforms that are classified as neoliberal and privatizing.
“In what way are we going to straighten out the country? We have not fallen into their provocations. We are acting with honesty and decency,” expressed transport drivers from communities in the Centre and the Highlands of Chiapas, who participated with a numerous contingent of the federal public transport units.
“There is no evil that lasts 100 years, nor people that endure it,” assured the social organizations that participated in the peaceful citizen’s march this Saturday in Tuxtla. They agreed to hold meetings afterwards to coordinate the coming actions to continue protesting over the increase in the price of fuel in Mexico. Social organizations, parents, students and people in general also demonstrated in different regions of the Chiapas geography like San Cristobal de las Casas, Comitán, Las Margaritas, Frontera Comalapa, Tapachula, Tonalá and Arriaga, among others.
Originally Published in Spanish by POZOL COLECTIVO
Saturday, January 7, 2017
Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee