Thousands of farmers erected blockades at 42 locations in 14 Mexican states today to demand that the government release additional funds to support the agricultural sector. Protests started just after 8:00am on roads in the states of México, Veracruz, Tamaulipas, Coahuila, Sinaloa, Morelos, Jalisco, Nayarit, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Michoacán, San Luis Potosí, Chihuahua and Campeche. Access to the Oaxaca city airport was also blocked.
Farmers are angry that agriculture and rural funding was cut by 20% in the government’s 2019 budget. Some are also demanding the delivery of free fertilizer and other aid they were promised.
President López Obrador this morning recommended farmers not waste their time because the government won’t be pressured into ceding to their demands: “... We’re not going to give in at all, none of this ‘we’ll take a highway and reach an agreement as long as you give us so many tonnes of fertilizer.’ Save your time, that’s not acceptable anymore.”
According to an article on mexiconewsdaily.com, the president added that farmers who are protesting for a valid reason will be attended to but for those who are seeking to benefit unfairly or steal, “the corruption is over.”