Chihuahua farmers burn vehicles and block highway due to dam opening

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With the release of 110 cubic meters announced by Conagua will be at risk the production of hundreds of thousands of hectares of crops

Televisa News SOURCE: newscasts televisa FROM: CHIHUAHUA, Mexico

Peasants from Chihuahua burn vehicles and block the road due to dam opening. Twitter photo @edsonnmb

In full contingency due to the COVID coronavirus pandemic – 19, the National Water Commission began on Wednesday afternoon, the extraction of water from the dam “La Boquilla”, in the municipality of San Francisco de Conchos, in the south central region of the state of Chihuahua , to deliver water to the United States, as part of an international treaty of 1944.

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This determination caused the annoyance of the farmers of Delicias and other municipalities.

Since Thursday morning, the producers blocked the Pan-American Highway, the railroad tracks, and took the offices of the National Water Commission in the city of Delicias, to reject the opening of the floodgates.

Chihuahua farmers burn vehicles and block the road due to the opening of the dam. Twitter photo @edsonnmb

Farmers burned at least four vehicles of the agency and in other areas of the city, the burning of other vehicles of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) and two patrols of the Federal Police, as well as of two trailers to block the Lázaro Cárdenas – Chihuahua section of the Pan-American highway.

Other CFE trucks also launched into a water channel.

The peasants pointed out that with the release of 110 cubic meters announced by Conagua will be at risk the production of hundreds of thousands of hectares of crops.

Today we see a betrayal, I cannot call it otherwise, they are betraying the Mexicans, they are betraying the people of Chihuahua, they are betraying the most noble people who are the farmer, they are the people who give jobs, they are the people who give food, they are the people who produce, they are the good people, “said Arturo Zubía, Municipal President of Camargo, Chihuahua .

In a statement, the National Water Commission (Conagua) stated that with the extraction of the dam Two objectives are met: fulfill the commitment of Mexico regarding the Water Treaty of 1944, signed with the United States and guarantee the water supply for urban public use in border cities.

Chihuahua farmers burn vehicles and block the road due to dam opening. Twitter photo @edsonnmb

The document indicates that these actions were reported to the governors of the states of Nuevo León, Tamaulipas, Coahuila and Chihuahua, which are part of the Río Bravo Basin.

However, the Chihuahua authorities indicated that this was not what had been agreed with Conagua and that an agreement established in the past was violated 11 February.

Nothing like that had been agreed with the Governor, it had been agreed and we were in talks about how they were going to do it in a slow and gradual way and depending on the flows and the water ”, emphasized Fernando Mesta, Secretary General of the Government of Chihuahua.

Chihuahua farmers burn vehicles and block the road due to the opening of the dam. Twitter photo @edsonnmb

The farmers warned that they will continue their protest actions until the Conagua closes the gates of the dam.

With information from Francisco Carmona

KAH