Dozens of Cachanillas went to the outer esplanade of the municipal palace on Wednesday March 28, to protest against the increase of 2 pesos with 50 cents to the public transport fee authorized by the city council last Friday March 23, leaving the cost of the passage at 15 pesos with 50 cents, the highest of its type throughout the country.
The invitation to participate in the protest was promoted by several of the civil resistance associations of the municipality, including Mexicali Resiste, Baja California Resiste and the Mexican Civic Front, however the response of the cachanillas was not as expected, the demonstration was attended by only 50 people
Sergio Tamai, leader of the Civic Front of Mexico reported that a request to carry out a referendum with the aim of reversing the increase in transportation has already been submitted to the municipal authorities.
“We need to carry out this referendum to reverse this situation, if they want to start regulating things, regulate pirate transport and maquiladoras that take more than 50% of their capacity,” said the activist.
It is not the first time that a plebiscite related to the rise in transportation is requested, in 2015 a group of university students tried to get one, however, the proposal was rejected arguing that the necessary number of support signatures was not met, at least 5 thousand.
The protesters warned that the city has a week to give them the formats they must fill to get the support of citizens, otherwise they will throw eggs and tomatoes to the municipal palace next Wednesday April 4, in protest.
“We want to tell the municipal president that if next Wednesday he does not give us the formats to proceed with the referendum, the people will throw eggs and tomatoes agaisnt him,” concluded Sergio Tamai.