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AMLO declares Southeast Mexico as a “national security” zone

by Sofia Navarro
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Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the President of Mexico, announced on Friday, May 19th, a decree declaring the entire southeast of Mexico as a “national security” zone to protect his mega-projects, which have faced opposition from environmentalists and indigenous communities.

“Yesterday, the decision was made to issue a decree to turn this entire region, especially the railways, ports, and airports, into a national security and public interest zone,” he stated during his daily press conference.

The president referred to the decree issued on Thursday night to protect the construction of over 1,500 kilometers of the Maya Train, the Interoceanic Isthmus Corridor that will connect the Pacific and Atlantic, and three airports: Palenque, Chetumal, and Tulum.

López Obrador justified the protection of these projects, which have faced resistance from activists and indigenous groups, by accusing the opponents of receiving money from the United States.

The government issued this decree despite the Supreme Court invalidating on Thursday an agreement published by the Executive in November 2021 that declared these projects as of public interest and national security, as it violated the right to access information.

With the new decree, which has a broader scope than the previous one, the president denied seeking to hide information about the projects, which have been criticized for their high costs and for being constructed and managed by the military.

López Obrador’s decree, issued shortly after the Supreme Court ruling, aims to prevent the National Institute for Transparency and Access to Information (INAI) from accusing the Executive of repeating the contested act.

“We have to protect these projects because these senseless, irresponsible, corrupt, and unpatriotic individuals can hinder our progress, as they have intended. I’m not making things up; I’m not speaking without basis. We have to safeguard these projects for national security,” he emphasized.

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