The student community and professors from the Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE), along with other universities, took the Mexico-Toluca highway in both directions for about 6 hours. This occurred after the CIDE Assembly of Associates approved the modification to the statutes of this study center by four votes in favor.
With two votes against by the College of Mexico and the Ministry of Economy; one abstention from the Bank of Mexico and four votes in favor of the secretariats of Energy, Finance, Education and the Economic Culture Fund, the statutes were modified that will allow Dr. José Romero Tellaeche to take protest as director of said institution.
“With concern and sadness we see that the authorities have allowed this assault instead of adhering to the law. By breaking his word the movement will escalate. The @Conacyt_MX today democracy is going backwards, we will fight to recover it”, wrote the CIDE Assembly through its Twitter account.
After 09:00 in the morning and parallel to the moment in which the session convened by the head of Conacyt, María Elena Álvarez-Buylla, would begin, the community gave way to the closure of the circulation of the Mexico-Toluca highway in the direction of the City, where CIDE is located.
There, the organizers of the demonstration assured that the blockade would be maintained for 56 minutes, explaining that they were alluding to each day that has passed since José Antonio Romero Tellaeche was spuriously elected as director of CIDE. However, knowing the result of the vote, the demonstrators decided to continue the demonstration until a representative of the government came to serve as an interlocutor.
“Álvarez Buylla kept up the pressure in the Members’ Assembly from 9 in the morning and until a few minutes ago, when he managed to pass this reform with two votes against – we thank and recognize the courage of the institutions that respected the law and common sense and they voted against this absurd reform… ( ) However, this absurd reform was approved in such a way that Álvarez Buylla’s arbitrariness and authoritarianism have been legalized”, expressed Eduardo Muñiz, spokesman for the Student Assembly.
For her part, Catherine Andrews, academic and former academic secretary of CIDE, confirmed that at no time have the authorities of CIDE or Conacyt taken on the task of looking for professors for dialogue. “Instead of that they have dedicated themselves to continuing to step on the regulations of the institution… ( ) The assembly of teachers earnestly asks Dr. Romero and dr. Álvarez Buylla that they stop running over our statutes, that we return to legality”.
He said that the reforms that are presented are not those required by the statute, that is, they are illegal and seek to justify in the first instance the appointment of Dr. Romero, as well as the person in charge of the office, Jordy Micheli. He added that the community is unanimous in defending CIDE and the work of the community.
Another of the demonstrations was that in parallel, they announced a mobilization towards the offices of Conacyt, also a group of students entered the CIDE to take the desk of the director José Antonio Romero Tellaeche to the street amid slogans.
The student and academic community was accompanied by representatives from 14 public universities in the country, including Guadalajara, Nayarit, Oaxaca, Durango, Morelos, Nuevo León, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí and Aguascalientes.
Around 2:00 p.m., the mayor of Cuajimalpa, Adrián Rubalcava, arrived at the CIDE to request the release of the roads. The community asked him to intervene to achieve a dialogue with the federal government. After dialogues between the mayor and the community, the highway was opened towards Toluca and minutes later it was released towards Mexico City. Finally, the community reported that they will review legal channels to challenge the changes approved this Monday.