“The injunctions against the new airport are not environmentally motivated, but politically motivated” said AMLO; and he affirmed certain businessman “opposes the changes his administration is promoting”.
CDMX, Mexico (Times Media Mexico) – Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador accused those who promote injunctions. He said they are “unhappy” and (they) “don’t want the change”; however, he said “they have the right to go to court”. López Obrador identified a person, who he accuses, to be behind the “legal sabotage” against the new airport in St. Lucia.
AMLO confirmed that at least 80 requests for injunctions have been filed against the project, but these resources have only political motivations, not environmental or of interest to society.
“Those are all the opposition lawyers, all the conservatism lawyers. Even an association of Claudio X. González, who has always had differences with us since the time of Salinas (Carlos Salinas de Gortari Mexico´s president from 1988 to 1994), because Claudio X. González Sr. was Salinas’ advisor and promoter of a privatization policy,” he said in his morning conference.
Lopez Obrador acknowledged that opponents of his government’s projects have the right to challenge them through legal channels, but criticized that in reality, they just want to “make us look bad”.
On another subject, AMLO commented that he would no longer blame previous administrations for the country’s lags, such as the reconstruction after 19-S. “It is already our responsibility, it is no longer to be complaining; there are big, serious national problems and we have to face them,” he said.
Claudio X. Gonzalez
Andrés Manuel López Obrador denounced that there is a “legal sabotage” on behalf of politicians and businessmen due to political issues and not due to environmental motivations in the Santa Lucía airport.
In his morning conference, he exemplified the 80 injunctions that already exist against the construction of the Santa Lucía airport and pointed out that these injunctions are handled by “conservative lawyers” and mentioned that an association of “Claudio X. González” is involved.
But… who is Claudio X. Gonzalez?
Claudio X. Gonzalez Guajardo is the son of Claudio X. Gonzalez Laporte, one of Mexico’s most respected businessman, who was president of Kimberly-Clark of Mexico for more than four decades. Both father and son have historically been close to the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).
This closeness to the spheres of political power led him to be part of the public service for almost a decade, working in the Presidency of the Republic and in the Secretariats of Agriculture and Labor; he even took part in the negotiations of the Free Trade Agreement. He is also president of the “Despacho de Investigación y Litigio Estratégico A.C.”, which deals with cases related to corruption and impunity.
Gonzalez Guajardo is co-founder of several organizations that seek, among other things, to fight corruption, improve the quality of education in Mexico and increase technological development in the country. Among the NGOs with which he has been involved are Fundación Televisa, Aprender Primero, BÉCALOS, Unión de Empresarios para la Tecnología en la Educación (UNETE), Mexicanos Primero – which seek to promote public education in Mexico and for which he has been harassed by the National Union of Education Workers (CNTE / SNTE).
Claudio X. González and his organization “Mexicanos Contra la Corrupción y la Impunidad” (Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity) were particularly critical of the administration of Enrique Peña Nieto and currently of AMLO’s government and its hasty and subjective decisions.
López Obrador’s government currently faces more than 140 injunctions against the Santa Lucía airport and Tren Maya, and more could accumulate in the upcoming weeks.
For its part, the NGO “No más derroches” (No More Waste) which promotes injunctions against the Santa Lucía airport, stated today that the federal government does not listen to the demands of society, residents and indigenous communities who have raised their voices against the new air terminal.
Its spokesman, Gerardo Carrasco, assured that they are not “conservative” or politically motivated, as López Obrador said, and that they only seek to exercise their right of access to justice and that public resources be respected.
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