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AMLO Speech in Oaxaca Interrupted by Transisthmic Train Workers

Thu, 06/17/2021 - 18:20

This weekend, a speech given by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador at the Mitla-Tehuantepec highway, currently under construction, in Oaxaca was interrupted by workers from the Transisthmic Train project. The interruption was to protest the alleged lack of payment for their labor that goes back at least nine months and amounts to over MX$1 million (US$48,950). 

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Mexico to Receive a Third Package of Infrastructure Projects

President López Obrador aims to boost infrastructure investment with a third package of infrastructure projects. The president has recognized that the country’s development cannot rest solely on public investment. After meeting with members of the Mexican Business Council (CCE), the president said he has no quarrel with the private sector and is looking to push forward a third package of infrastructure projects, which, according to the president, will be announced soon. "We reaffirmed the desire, the will to work together and promoted private investment, which is fundamental. The country cannot be developed with public investment alone, private investment is required, and a very good agreement was reached. It was a friendly meeting, there was no difference, no confrontation," said the president. "The third package of infrastructure projects is going to be announced soon at the National Palace; we have already reached an agreement."

US Law Firms to Intervene in Subway’s Line 12 Collapse

Faced with no answers, families of several victims of the Mexico City subway line 12 collapse have turned to US firms for legal help. These efforts have legal grounds as many of the subway line’s components were manufactured in the US by companies that are established and operate in that country through branch offices. The Webster Law and Carbino Legal firms will undertake this challenge with hopes of having little interference from the Mexican legal system and to make the companies involved face legal consequences, while leaving aside the government officials involved.

Oaxaca’s Highway Infrastructure to Receive Boost

Highway infrastructure in Oaxaca is expected to get a big boost with the Mitla-Tehuantepec highway, which is expected to be completed by 2023. During a construction supervision tour of the highway, SCT Head Jorge Arganis Díaz Leal affirmed that communication routes in the state will promote its economic development and allow the materialization of long-awaited projects. "We have precise instructions from the President to accelerate the rehabilitation works on federal highways, as well as to speed up work on highways that only have some sections pending and are ready to begin operating."

Train Derails in Tala, Jalisco

A train with 108 wagons derailed and crashed into four houses and killed one person in Tala, Jalisco, reported the SCT through the Railway Transportation Regulatory Agency (ARTF). The train was transporting canola grain while travelling from Manzanillo to Guadalajara. There were two locomotives with 108 wagons, 14 of which derailed, one of them hitting four homes, two of which were left uninhabitable. One of the wagons got derailed, landed and destroyed the front façade of a store. Another of the wagons unfortunately hit the nearby homes, causing the death of one of the locals. The two train operators were unhurt and were the first ones to report the accident by calling for help.

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