In a press-conference held on 5 March, members of the National Network of Civil Resistance against High Electricity Prices reported that the Secretary of Governance had failed to observe the agreements it came to on 7 February following a day of mobilizations taken by this Network at the national level.
The Network denounced that “Being close to the time in which the agreements of 6 March [are to be completed], we would like to denounce that on the part of the Secretary of Governance, we have not seen observance of the agreements; indeed, 14 February there have been increased in the number of cut-offs of electricity in different states of the country, and the penal demands have been reactivated against our comrades from the Front of Peoples in Defense of the Land and Territory in Puebla-Tlaxcala-Morelos. The gravest actions of harassment have been suffered by the comrade from Luz y Fuerza del Pueblo [in Chiapas]; not only have their court cases been reinitiated due to their having participated in the protests of 7 February, but also kidnapping and torture of the Secretary of the Constitutional City Hall of Palenque, Jaime Cruz Díaz, so that he provide information regarding comrade Onésimo Hidalgo Domínguez and other comrades from the Northern Region of the organization Luz y Fuerza del Pueblo. We are concerned by these failures of observance on the part of the Secretary of Governance; it would seem that on the one hand, they recognize that there exists a social conflict, and on the other, they desire to resolve it by means of repression in place of dialogue.”
Regardless, on 6 March there were installed dialogue tables on High Electricity Prices in the federal Chamber of deputies. The proposals will be added to the discussion on energy reform that is planned to be discussed during the second period of sessions.
For more information (in Spanish):
Exigen a Gobernación y al Congreso detener la represión, respetar acuerdos y reconocer a la energía eléctrica como Derecho Humano(Boletín de prensa, Red Nacional de Resistencia Civil contra las Altas Tarifas de Energía Eléctrica, 5 de marzo de 2013)
Incumple Gobernación acuerdo para suspender cortes de luz, denuncian (La Jornada, 6 de marzo de 2013)
Ve Alavez apertura energética con plan nacional(El Universal, 6 de marzo de 2013)
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