Mexican President Pledges Support For Yaquis In Sonora
Mexico’s president pledged this week to address several long standing grievances of Yaqui indigenous communities in Sonora.
During a visit with tribal leaders in Vicam, Andrés Manuel López Obrador acknowledged the historic abuses endured by the Yaqui people. He also announced the signing of a Justice Plan for Yaquis.
“First, land and water,” he said, summarizing key elements of the plan. “Second, a comprehensive wellness program.”
The latter would include improvements to basic services like health care and education. AMLO, as the president is widely known, also said his government is committed to resolving other disputes, like a controversial gas pipeline that runs through Yaqui territory.
In recent weeks, Yaqui protesters have shut down a rail line and the state’s main interstate in part to demand resolution to such issues.