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Neighbors of Cordemex demand an end to a three-day blackout, blocking an important avenue

by Yucatan Times
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About twenty residents of the Revolución neighborhood, better known as Cordemex, blocked the Mérida-Progreso highway on May 9 in the afternoon, demanding the restoration of electrical energy in a part of that area. The blackout already lasted three days and has caused them various damages, especially during the heat wave that is hitting not only Yucatan but all of Mexico.

The blockade carried out at the roundabout of the Siglo XXI Convention Center, disrupted the traffic of vehicles through that area, where long lines of cars formed whose frustrated drivers had to wait several minutes to travel through different streets and avenues of the zone.

Numerous agents from the Ministry of Public Security went to the scene, where they controlled traffic. Until 8:30 at night, the block continued and so did the transit chaos.

According to the protesters, they are residents of streets 59, 61, and 63 between 48 and 50 of Cordemex, and since last Tuesday they have not had electricity.

They commented that in addition to not being able to sleep due to the intense heat that prevails in Mérida these days, the food and medicines that should be refrigerated have already spoiled.

“Food is too expensive to let it go bad. Who is going to pay us for the damage we suffered due to the lack of energy?” commented a neighbor.

In addition, the protesters stated that many neighbors reported the damage to the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) on multiple occasions, but their complaints have not been addressed. For this reason, they decided to block the avenue, from which they would not move until the electrical service was resumed.

Neighbors of Cordemex blocked the Mérida-Progreso highway due to a blackout that has been going on for three days. Photo: Roberto García Hidalgo.

Many motorists showed their annoyance and lack of empathy with the neighbors, and when passing by the demonstration they reproached them for the blockade or insulted them verbally or by honking their vehicles’ horns. In Yucatán, Progreso, Valladolid, and Peto, among other towns, they have suffered blackouts in these days of intense heat that have broken records in the state.

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