Coca-Cola Plant Shuts Down Indefinitely After 40 years in Altamira, Guerrero
Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Universal
March 25, 2018 Chilpancingo, Guerrero
The soft drink bottler Coca-Cola FEMSA (KOF) announced the indefinite closure of its operations in Ciudad Altamirano, in the Tierra Caliente region of Guerrero, due to the fact that it has registered two months of harassment by criminal groups against its bottling plant in the absence of a rule of law in the area.
Early yesterday, ie the early morning hours of Friday March 23, an armed group tried to launch Molotov cocktails and shoot at the company, which has been operating in the area for 40 years. The attack, according to official sources, was staved off by agents of the Estatales or the State Police, and the only thing they criminals managed to hit was a truck in the main access.The spokesman of Grupo Coordinación Guerrero (GCG), Roberto Álvarez Heredia, reported that around 3 AM, about 20 men tried to break into the bottling facility. With a truck they rammed the security gate and at that moment the agents arrived and a confrontation began.
Although in the brawl there were no injuries, the agents detained an aggressor, in addition they confiscated Molotov weapons and bombs. The other attackers fled and abandoned a pick-up truck.
At noon on Friday March 23 Coca-Cola FEMSA announced the closure of the plant in Altamirano:
“With the fundamental objective of preserving the integrity and safety of its employees, Coca-Cola FEMSA decided to close its operations indefinitely, starting immediately on Friday March 23 in Altamirano City, Guerrero.
The measure was taken for the safety of more than 160 employees who work in the distribution center, ” the company said in a statement.
All 160 employees just became unemployed indefinitely.