Protesters ask to close maquiladoras on the US border by COVID-19



Dozens of workers in the maquiladora (manufacturing) industry in Ciudad Juárez, on the Mexican border with the United States, protested this Monday demanding the closure of the plants to prevent new infections from COVID-19.

The workers' protest went from the Plaza Juárez Mall to the headquarters of the Federal Board of Conciliation and Arbitration, where labor demands are received and attended in Juárez, a city in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua.

Summoned by the lawyer Susana Prieto Terrazas, known in the region for defending the rights of workers, they demanded the closure of companies such as Foxconn, Electrocomponentes de México, Lear Corporation, Emerson, Toro, Tecma, Keytronic, Siemens, Arneses Automotrices, Sistemas Integrated, Werner Company and Regal.

With posters in their hands, the workers denounced at least a dozen deaths among their colleagues, allegedly because of COVID-19.

The demonstration was attended by at least one representative for each company seeking to be closed, and they assured that today's protest was held simultaneously with another carried out by maquiladora employees in the city of Matamoros, in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, also bordering the US

Showing signs and banners, they asked Mexico's federal authorities to compel companies to comply with the sanitary emergency decree established since last March that established the closure of non-essential activities.

"There are more than 200 dead" in this branch of the border economy, accused the workers, who attribute to the Mexican authorities the manipulation of the figures so that fewer cases of COVID-19 are seen.

Officially, Ciudad Juárez is the municipality of the state of Chihuahua with the most infections and deaths from COVID-19, adding up to this Monday 672 infections and 158 deaths.

The mayor of the city, Armando Cabada, announced almost two weeks ago that he had contracted the coronavirus and today the secretary of Municipal Public Security, Raúl Ávila Ibarra, joined him, who also tested positive.

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