They accuse the use of tear gas against the protest at the Dos Bocas refinery

Three wounded was the balance of one confrontation today among riot police who launched tear gas against employees that maintain a strike in the construction of the Dos Bocas refinery, in Tabasco, according to workers denounced.

The eviction occurred at 6:00 a.m. local time, when workers claiming a salary increase and other benefits they tried to enter to the facilities through one of the main entrances.

The three injured workers were taken to the hospital in the neighboring municipality of Cárdenas.

“The police began to distribute toletazos (clubs) everywhere and a tear gas grenade even grazed me, I was broadcasting live and another one touched me again on the head. Several colleagues were beaten and taken away. they fired bullets and we had to move away, “said one of the workers who recorded the attack on camera and preferred to remain anonymous.

So far the authorities of the state of Tabasco have not reported whether in the confrontation they detained employees in protest, nor the official number of wounded. While the National Guard detached itself from the facts.

“The National Guard informs that at the moment it does not participate in no diligence related to the Dos Bocas refinery in Tabasco “, reported in turn the Secretariat of Security and Citizen Protection (SSPC) in Mexico on Twitter.

The more than 1,500 non-compliant workers -of the company Ica Fluorine they were concerned after the attack and the lack of response from the authorities.

“We do not know if we are going to work or what agreements are going to be made. This is going on tomorrow and all the people come,” said another worker.

The strike started on Tuesday and is now serving its second day.

Through social networks, the workers gave an account of their demonstration and denounced that they are the object of labor exploitation.

The nonconformists assure that they will not resume their work as long as they do not meet their demands.

Police arrive in the vicinity of the Dos Bocas refinery to break up the protest. EFE / M. Lopez

ICA Fluor points out people outside of organizing protests

In a bulletin, the ICA Fluor company assured that it complies with the “employer, salary, social, physical and comprehensive security obligations” of the workers and in accordance with what was agreed with the union.

And in contrast to the SSPC, he asserted: “Security elements of the National Guard and the Secretary of the Navy guard the federal facilities to protect the workers against the protests and provocations that have been presented, organized by some unidentified people nor recognized in the collective bargaining agreement with the company “.

Regarding the labor dispute, the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, responded this Wednesday that it is about a conflict between unions who dispute the ownership of contracts. And in addition, he affirmed that the work stoppage is momentary.

With a cost of about 8,900 million dollars, the refinery is one of the main works of the López Obrador government, in addition to the rehabilitation of the six already existing.

The president seeks to strengthen the state oil company Pemex and promote projects such as this refinery in Tabasco in order to achieve energy self-sufficiency.

But this refinery, as well as the new capital airport or the Mayan Train, have aroused criticism from opposition politicians and activists for their environmental impact and disproportionate concentration of the public budget.



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