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Cancun police part of state-wide work stoppage

Cancun, Q.R. — Cancun police were part of a work stoppage Thursday that took place across the state.

More than 600 ministerial police and administrative staff of the Attorney General of Quintana Roo took part in a work stoppage that involved all 11 municipalities. Public ministries, experts and administrative personnel participated in the demonstration over low salaries, lack of equipment and benefits.

Hilario Rodríguez from the Public Ministry of Chetumal said, “This work stoppage is not to the detriment of the citizenry, but to the benefit of it. If we were provided with all the necessary equipment, it would be in their own best interest with better work performance.”

Ministerial agents said that it has been more than 10 years since receiving any economic stimulus adding that they lack funds for travel or gasoline, having to pay for these things out of their own pocket.

The police say they do not have the salary increase they need due to the work they do at high risk.

They also pointed out that their life insurance policies have been reduced from 500,000 peso to 200,000. They said that they are requesting an increase in salary and the delivery of equipment to deal with crime.

“Flashlights, radios, helmets, vests, handcuffs, gloves, knee pads, all the necessary equipment. That equipment. Where is it? We have never been assigned of the equipment,” said Hilario Rodríguez.

Officers in the southern zone of the state say they do not have matched salaries to those who work in the municipality of Benito Juarez.

The demonstration that was headquartered at the Prosecutor’s Office in Cancun began at 9:00 a.m. Two hours later, Juan Carlos Salazar Aldana, Deputy Attorney General of the Northern Zone, announced a commission of people had been formed to focus on negotiations.

The Attorney General of Quintana Roo, Miguel Ángel Pech Cen, did not issue statements, but according to ministerial elements, the work stoppage will continue until the problems are resolved.