Road conflict in Che Guevara municipality

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- Today, Sunday, February 13, 2000, we are denouncing these groups of PRIs in the Virginia development, which is approximately 10 kilometers from the Coxulja' crossroads. On Wednesday afternoon a piece of their machinery arrived, and it remained parked in the military camp. Then, on the afternoon of Friday, February 11, they began working on widening the road from the Cuxulja' crossroads to the Virginia development. On Saturday, they had already reached the entrance to Moise's Gandhi, Ernesto Che Guevara Autonomous Municipality. As support bases of the municipality, we told them to stop working and to agree to dialogue with both groups.

- On Sunday afternoon, at about 3:00 PM, we went to talk to the authorities, where it was stated that we had an reached an agreement during the previous meeting that the machinery would not be allowed to enter, because large and small vehicles are able to travel quite well. But they began saying that it would have to happen by force, they clearly stated that the machinery would have to go through with military forces. Afterwards, they threatened the civil camp, they took our photographs, they had a walkie-talkie radio, they also pointed out those who had participated.

- It was then stated that, if anything happens, they will be responsible if a problem occurs and also if armed forces become involved, as it was also noted that they are paramilitary groups, because no one does what they are doing, with their radio and camera at a talk.


Che Guevara Autonomous Municipality

Originally published in Spanish by Enlace Civil A.C. ________________________ Translated by irlandesa From: Oficina de Contacto Date: Monday, February 14, 2000 21:12:14 ñ0600

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