Mexican Residents Form Blockade To Protest Travelers As U.S. COVID Cases Surge
Residents of a small Mexican town near the Arizona-Mexico border are protesting American travel into their country, according to The Hill.
- The protesters from Sonoyta, Mexico reportedly formed a blockade to prevent drivers from entering Mexico from Lukeville, Arizona. This occurred on the same day that the Sonoyta mayor asked U.S. citizens to avoid the town unless they were coming for “essential activities.”
- The group organizing the protests is called “Sonoyta Unido Jamás Será Vencido,” or “United Sonoyta Will Never be Defeated,” and is continuing to run protests to prevent travel.
- Carlos Eduardo Chávez Jacquez, who runs the groups Facebook page, said in a comment to Newsweek:
“Everywhere people are dying from COVID-19 because we weren't ready for this. Yes, I support tourism, I want people from all over the world to come to Mexico and see how pretty we are and enjoy the culture, but why during COVID-19 times.”
- Newsweek noted that prior to “the Fourth of July weekend, the Foreign Relations Department of Mexico announced that visitors from the U.S. would be screened over the weekend.”
- Mexico is currently struggling to flatten its coronavirus curve and continuing to experience an increase in cases. The country’s most heavily infected regions are uncoincidentally close to the U.S. border.
- “Nationwide, Mexico reports approximately 256,848 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with a positivity rate of 50 percent,” The Hill reported.