The blockade established by normalist students from Puebla lasted around 36 hours at the intersection of Paseo de la Reforma and Avenida Insurgentes, before being evicted early this Thursday.
Around 1:00 in the morning, elements of the Secretariat of Citizen Security of Mexico City carried out an operation in the neuralgic intersection to free the avenues.
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The mobilization coincided with the magnitude 6.9 earthquake registered tonight, which, however, did not prevent the security force from withdrawing the demonstrators from the “Carmen Serdán” Rural Normal School.
According to the Road Orientation Center of the Secretariat of Citizen Security of Mexico City, circulation, both in Reforma and Insurgentes, was restored at 2:35 a.m. this Thursday.
For its part, the Metrobús reported that all the stations on Line 1 and 7 of the network returned to normal operation, after the interruptions that affected thousands of citizens, who had to walk long stretches in the closure area to perform their tours.
The protest, in which more than 150 students participated, generated great traffic chaos, since it affected two of the main access roads to the center of the capital.
The normalistas placed three trucks that transported them, one of them was at the intersection between Reforma and Insurgentes, and the other two on Reforma, heading towards Avenida Juárez.
“We demand the meeting of a decisive nature, we ask for help from Alejandro Encinas (Undersecretary for Human Rights and Population of the Ministry of the Interior), we ask that the Government of Puebla present itself with the willingness to reach agreements, not as in past meetings that were have withdrawn. We demand support from authorities of the SEP and President Andrés Manuel López Obrador”, mentioned a student.
Why were the normalistas protesting?
The conflict originated when the administrators made the allocation of bedrooms and delivered a set of blankets and sheets to each of the new students. Students from the last semesters prevented it, accusing that it was a dispossession because the directors carried out an activity carried out by the Student Council.
According to the students, the Puebla government took action to weaken the institution through an educational certification process, promoted by the school’s governing body, which they accuse of abuses and conditioning in administrative matters.
The students point directly to the director Antonio García Ordóñez; the academic deputy director, Leticia Martínez Barrientos; and the administrative deputy director, Emilio Guerrero Becerra, for allegedly not respecting the internal organization of the students.
If the removal of the governing body materializes, it would be the third change of administration in just four years. The other two directors have been accused of mismanagement.
With information from Margarita Andrade and Guillermo Mundo