Cement Plant Brawl Results in Eight Deaths

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A confrontation between workers at a Cruz Azul cement plant in the central Mexican state of Hidalgo on Wednesday, April 27, left at least eight people dead and 11 others injured, according to preliminary reports from local officials.

The brawl broke out in the early morning Wednesday at the Tula, Hidalgo, plant, about 100 kilometers north of Mexico City, when unionized workers were confronted by their disgruntled nonunionized colleagues, who tried to take control of the installations.

Firearms were reportedly used in the confrontation and the intruding workers allegedly set fire to several vehicles and cut off power to the cement plant.

Sources at the Hidalgo Attorney General’s Office confirmed that there were eight people killed and 11 wounded, and that nine people had been detained for their participation in the confrontation.

In March, a similar group of nonunionized workers took over the offices of another Cruz Azul cement company in Mexico City’s Colonia del Valle, reportedly using firearms and knives.

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