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Environmentalists protest against damages caused by the Maya Train Project across the Yucatán Peninsula

by Magali Alvarez
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CANCUN – A group of environmentalists organized this Saturday a human chain in the municipality of Puerto Morelos, Yucatan, in protest against the damage to nature and residents caused by the construction of the Mayan Train in the southeast of Mexico.

Organizations such as Save Me from the Train, Voces Unidas Puerto Morelos, La Selva Salva, Selva Maya SOS, Sustainable Puerto Morelos, El Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental (CEMDA) and Voto por el Clima participated in the demonstration in favor of the preservation of reefs and cenotes in the town.

Aracely Domínguez, president of Grupo Ecologista del Mayab, stated that the work on the Tren Maya represents a 40-year setback in terms of environmental protection and regretted that it is the authorities themselves who are violating the law.

Among the damages reported is the destruction of cenotes, mangroves, reefs and jungle.

The president of Grupo Ecologista del Mayab recalled that the struggle to defend nature has been going on for several decades in Quintana Roo and that several environmental groups in the state are considered “spearheads” in ecological ordinances, regulations and laws.

We have done everything that could be done to have legal tools to defend our brother trees, our grandmother ocean, all those beings that have the right to life and that due to the different types of projects that have been carried out in the state have been diminishing little by little”, he commented.

In this sense, he emphasized the need to demand the promotion of laws that not only provide legal certainty to citizens with the right to a healthy environment, to life and to a dignified life, but also to those who come to invest their money in the Mexican Southeast.

The protesters also expressed their concern about the risks posed by the transportation of porphyrite stone from Cuba to be used as ballast in Section 5 of Lopez Obrador’s mega-project for the Yucatan Peninsula.

TYT Newsroom

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