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Southern short road to Merida in second week of ejido blockade

Costa Maya, Q.R. — State Secretary Cristina Torres Gómez says it is unfortunate that the southern short road to Merida continues to be affected by the Ejidos roadblock. In a message, Torres says patience is required while the government works at a solution, pointing out the importance of their demands not affecting third parties.

The group, who are using a roadblock as a negotiation tool with the federal government for land use compensation, are in their second week. The group of Ejidos are asking to be compensated for land that was used decades ago to build the road they are currently blocking.

“These are trials from many years ago that were abandoned by both the federation and the lawyers,” she said.

Last week, the SICT, with whom they are in dispute, offered 6.5 million pesos for compensation, an offer that was turned down by the Ejidos.

Torres has said that the group have not requested state intervention, but are taking the pertinent steps before the Secretariat of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation (SCT) to come to an agreement.

The ejidos have vowed to continue with their roadblock every day from 5:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. until an agreement is reached.

The group began with the roadblock during the first days of May. Using large rocks and logs, they have blocked passage from their community of Graciano Sánchez to Merida.