Armed with machetes, stones and sticks, various merchants who have stores in the the city’s main market demanded the reopening of their shops, because “what we want is to work”. In addition, they asked the mayor Jesús Oropeza Nájera, to remove the recently applied quarantine measures to return to shop to sell fruits, vegetables and other products.
City council personnel cordoned off the area near the market in wake of the municipality being seventh with the most positive cases of Covid-19. The merchants asked Oropeza Nájera to remove the fences that are around the market, so that they can enter their commercial premises, because “what we want is to work” and “we are fighting to work,” said one of the protesters.
The merchants complained about the mayor of the National Regeneration Movement (Morena), saying that “it is not possible to treat us this way”, due to the closing of commercial premises of non-essential products, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The measure that the mayor implemented was a response to the high number of Covid-19 cases that have been registered in the municipal capital and communities of Ocosingo. The Ministry of Health in Chiapas announced that it is “at the beginning” of a three critical week period for more cases of Covid-19 to be registered. This Wednesday alone, 76 new cases were registered, for a total of 819 patients who remain hospitalized in clinics of the Ministry of Health and IMSS.