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La Jornada: Three actions have been taken against metro facilities in two days

▲ A piece of severed cable hit the windshield of a train on Friday as a vent was forced onto the conference

Rocio Gonzalez Alvarado

Newspaper La Jornada
Sunday 15 January 2023, p. 23

In less than 48 hours – following the National Guard’s entry to the facilities – three incidents have been identified, one unusual in the Metro Collective Transportation System (STC) and two premeditated or intentional: the theft of a cable, which caused the accident. broke the windshield of a train at the La Raza–Potreiro interstation, damaged a lock box at Ermita, and threw a can of beer onto the tracks at Santa Anita, causing a short circuit.

In a press conference, the director of the organization, Guillermo Calderón, and the secretary of government, Martí Batres, reported the above and insisted that these were not incidents related to lack of maintenance, but rather unusual occurrences, which had previously led to a complaint in Mexico. Office of the Attorney General of Justice (FGJ) of the City to conduct the related investigation.

Calderón reported that on Friday a user threw a large can of beer with its contents onto the tracks of the Santa Anita station on Line 8, so that it would short circuit when the convoy passed.

In this case, members of the National Guard and the Mexican Army intervened to determine that it was not another type of situation as the object caused an explosion and produced an electrical arc.

Another incident occurred at 12:15 p.m. on Line 3, between La Raza and Potrero stations, where 45 meters of low-voltage cable was reported stolen, which, when cut and whipped, was impacted and broke the windshield of a train. .

Brigade of workers visited the section and identified the cable cut; They also noticed that the welded ventilation grilles had been cut, so it is believed that those responsible entered the tunnel from there.

Another incident occurred on Line 12 at Irmita station, where the box of locks allowing a change of tracks received an unusual blow in the direction opposite to the movement of trains, with no sign that they made contact with this artifact.

He assured that all the issues were promptly detected and damages were rectified so that the Metro would function regularly.

The incidents also included the launch of some plastic blades at the Centro Medico station on Thursday, the person in charge of which is still in custody pending a determination by the capital’s prosecutor’s office.

Expressing that the National Guard helps provide more security for Metro users, the Secretary to the Government dismissed protests caused by their presence in the facilities, but assured that they would not get into confrontation.

He also pointed out that these mobilizations have political implications, as one of the protesters turned out to be a youth leader of a political party.

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