On the morning of Jan. 10 some 200 members of the farmers’ group El Barzón Popular took over the toll booths on the privately owned Mexico City-Toluca highway and allowed motorists to ride for free for about three hours. El Barzón director Crescencio Morales said this was a continuation of protests against the elimination of tariffs on corn, beans, sugar and powdered milk that took effect Jan. 1 under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). He said there would be more protests, with the next one on the Mexico City-Queretaro highway. Some 7,500 vehicles took advantage of the toll-free ride, costing the owners more than $30,000, the toll booth administrator said. (La Jornada, Jan. 12)
From Weekly News Update on the Americas, Jan. 13
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