Teachers of the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) partially lifted their roadblocks in the southern state of Chiapas to allow the state to recover from its gasoline deficiency, according to statements by Mexico’s national oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex).
The CNTE’s Section 7, which represents teachers in Chiapas, announced that they will allow individual vehicles, public transportation vehicles and vehicles carrying fuel deliveries to pass through their roadblocks. The decision to allow fuel delivery comes after massive panicked purchases of gasoline across Chiapas.
The situation is better in the neighboring state of Oaxaca, which is also paralyzed by roadblocks. Of the 207 gas stations in the state, there are only 11 without gasoline and 19 without diesel.
The CNTE has been blocking roads since June 11, when two of their leaders, Rubén Nuñez Ginez and Francisco Villalobos Ricárdez, were arrested by federal police. The CNTE says the charges against the two leaders are politically motivated.