Mexico: National day of protests against high electricity prices

Marcha en la Ciudad de México el 29 de marzo @ La Jornada

March in Mexico City, 29 March @ La Jornada

On 29 March, in different states of the Mexican Republic were held protests by social organizations against high electricity-prices.  In the states of Campeche, Chiapas, and Oaxaca were carried out road-blocks, while in Guerrero were taken the installations of the parastatal firm, the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).  In Mexico City, members of the National Network of Civil Resistance against High Electricity Prices from the National Assembly of Electricity Users and the Mexican Union of Electricians (SME) marched from Ángel de la Independencia to the Secretary of Governance (Segob), where they carried out a sit-in until they were granted ana udience.  In a press-conference, they reported that there are 6 million electricity users who do not pay for it, while the complaints against the CFE for excessive bills is more than 70,000.  Furthermore, they denounced arbitrary electricity-cuts and the criminalization of resistance, given that there exist several criminal proceedings against members of several social organizations in resistance to high electricity prices.  According to journalistic sources, the protestors succeeded in agreeing to several accords with representatives of the Segob.  The majority of these agreements were related to legal processes.

For more information (in Spanish):

Convocatoria a la movilización del 29 de marzo

La Jornada: Marcha y plantón en Bucareli contra las elevadas tarifas y cortes de luz (30/03/2012)

La Jornada: Marchas en varios estados contra altos precios de CFE(30/03/2012)

La Jornada: Firmas privadas generan más de la mitad de la electricidad producida por CFE (30/03/2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: PUDEE denounces harassment and electricity cut-off by CFE (24 March 2012)

Chiapas: PUDEE denounces harassment by the CFE (25 February 2011)

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