Mexico: 'We feel abandoned' — farmers hit streets to demand reforms

Farmers descended on Mexico City this Thursday to call for greater support of the agricultural sector and open channels of dialogue with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. The protest took place on the 140th anniversary of the birth of Mexican revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata. Several farmers' and peasants' organisations threw their weight behind the march, expressing their anger... Еще at the new government and demanding new transparency in the allocation of resources for the sector. «The countryside is abandoned, that's why today we're taking highways, roads, railways, and we hope that'll lead to a dialogue,» said David Contreras, a representative of one of the peasant groups. Juan Espinoza Molina, the leader of the General Union of Workers, Peasants and People (UGOCP), shared a similar sentiment: «We need the government to tell us that they will walk hand in hand with farmers to solve the food problem, the problem of us falling behind socially.» Around one million farmers were estimated to have taken part in the nationwide mobilisation.
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