Yesterday Victoria was almost three hours late for her job in the Historic Center of Guadalajara. She left Miravalle at nine in the morning on the Macrobús, but in López de Legazpi, without further explanation, the driver stopped.
-There is no step. They closed the Causeway.
Seeing that the cars were driving normally, Victoria and other users warned the driver that they saw cars driving without a problem:
-Yes -answered the driver- but we can’t get close to the zone of the march because it could be dangerous.
Victoria returned home for her car. Bad decision. The rest of the morning she was stuck in traffic for almost three hours.
But what other choice did he have? What other options did the thousands of passengers have before an apparent strategy by the state government to boycott the UdeG march with the suspension of mass transportation?
I share this brief timeline that points to coordinated action:
09:43 hours. The Siteur suspends the service of Line 3 because in Plaza de la Bandera an “electrical failure” was registered in a train.
09:49 hours. The agency suspends the service of Line 1 because a broken van invaded the tracks.
09:57 hours. They announce that the Macrobús presents delays.
10:12 a.m. The service of Line 1, 3 and My Train is restored.
10:31 a.m. They confirm the total suspension of the Macrobús service due to the demonstration.
10:47 a.m. Line 2 service is suspended for 17 minutes due to a report of a person on the tracks.
12:11 p.m. The Macrobús service resumes.
All these “unforeseen events” occurred just at the time when thousands of university students left around 11:00 a.m. from four points (La Normal, Fuente Olímpica, CUCEI, and Rectory) to arrive at the rally in Plaza de la Liberación at 12: 00 hours.
Early on, César Barba, head of SEMS, denounced an operation to sabotage the protest with flyers from the Highway Police at the entrances to the City that restricted the passage of trucks with students. He also assured that foreign carriers were threatened with taking away their permits if they provided service to the University and others were offered money in exchange for not moving.
Everything points to a State operation to boycott the UdeG demonstration. The governor’s annoyance with these mobilizations is evident with the additional cut of 37.1 million pesos that the emecista deputies made to the University in the 2023 Budget for the “concept” of marches – without clarifying how they calculated the expense, the “discount” even included the protest yesterday that had not been done.
The expense of the UdeG in its 196 marches, an amount that its leaders must clarify and make transparent, is it a sufficient argument to disqualify and sabotage the free expression of a community and a democratic demand?
Protest is a necessary and natural extension for democracy to progress. They are the feet with which he advances. The symbolic seizure of public space is a precedent for many social conquests. Prohibiting, punishing, repressing, disqualifying, boycotting the protest from power, whatever the reason, is to use all the advantages of democratic freedoms to govern and suppress your responsibilities to those governed, starting with the most essential: listening.
Freedom of expression yes, the governor said yesterday, but not with public resources. The same ones that he uses, along with our time, to sustain his political lawsuit with the University Group. That is why you have to take him at his word: political lawsuits, yes, but not with public resources.
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