State intervenes, mediates solution to highway blockade

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The blockade on federal highway 200 was lifted Tuesday evening, freeing transit on an important coastal route after being interrupted for more than 48 hours.

The highway was reopened following mediation by the state government agency Segego, whose representatives met with the protesters who closed the highway and municipal authorities from Santiago Astata.

The blockade set up Sunday morning about 25 kilometers east of Huatulco was part of a series of protests by the people of Mazatán, Santiago Astata, who demanded Mayor Dorian Ricárdez deliver a 2-million-peso relief fund already granted and transferred by the federal government.

Ricárdez agreed to release the relief monies, while his administration will invest resources in a public works project in Mazatán.

After negotiations in Oaxaca city between all parties reached an agreement, the protesters lifted their blockade, freeing transit on the highway that connects Salina Cruz to Pinotepa Nacional, and all the towns in between, including the resort destinations of Puerto Escondido and Huatulco.

With reports from NSS Oaxaca


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