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More than 30 roads around CDMX blocked by protesters

Mexico City, Mexico — More than 30 roads have been blocked by protesters who say the Federal Electricity Commission refuses to pay them use for their land.

The protests by the ejidatarios began September 10 when they claimed the Mexican electrical company continues to use their land illegally, failing to pay land usage rights under an agrarian record. Unless an agreement was made, they vowed to continue with the road blocks.

At around noon that same day, ejidatarios and authorities reached an agreement to release the circulation of traffic in both directions for the approximately 6 kilometers that was backed up. Since then, several more protests have occurred, this latest being today where 32 roads leading into CDMX are being affected.

Road accesses to Mexico City has been blocked due to the presence of protesters on the Mexico-Puebla, Mexico-Querétaro and Cuernavaca-Acapulco highways as well as the Mexico-Toluca highway and the Mexiquense Exterior Circuit.

According to Federal Roads and Bridges Services, a group of people are keeping traffic in both directions of the Mexico-Puebla highway at kilometer 32 closed. They are also blocking traffic at kilometer 41 of the Mexico-Querétaro and 364 of the Cuernavaca-Acapulco, where roads are blocked in both directions.

The Command, Control, Computing, Communications Center of Mexico City also warned of a blockade of the traffic on the Mexico-Toluca highway at kilometer 25 in the Cuajimalpa delegation.

Protesters say they will remain in the area and are waiting for the authorities of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) to begin a negotiation so they can be compensated for the property they are fighting for, otherwise, they will block the roads again.