Environmental activist demands Claudia Sheinbaum visit the works of section 5 of the Mayan Train

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The activist shouted at Claudia Sheinbaum on several occasions during her rally in Playa del Carmen, to make her recognize the environmental damage in the construction of section 5 of the Mayan Train, but the presidential candidate simply ignored the man.

Environmentalist José Urbina, from the Selváme del Tren collective, demanded that Claudia Sheinbaum, presidential candidate of Morena, PT, and PVEM, go to the works on section 5 South of the Mayan Train to show her that what the government is doing is ecocide.

During the rally that took place in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Urbina shouted at the candidate: “Let’s go to section 5!”, let’s go and see the ecocide”. However, Sheinbaum limited himself to saying “Sure, we are going,” and then continued the rally.

After the events, the activist recalled that he had already invited the presidential candidate, through social networks and in person, to the works; However, he got no response.

“All we’ve ever gotten is indifference, they refuse to face reality. “Everything they have in their mouths is propaganda, pure vile propaganda,” said the Selváme del Tren activist.

He assured that the Mayan Train expands the problems that Quintana Roo faces, such as real estate, hotel, and mining exploitation. He also argued that jobs will only be created while it is being built.

Later he shared a video of the construction zone in section 5 of the Mayan Train. There he recalled how the construction destroyed and contaminated the aquifer, and how it damaged caves, cenotes, and archaeological remains.

Likewise, he explained that the works currently being carried out are illegal, since there is a judge’s order not to work until the impact studies are accredited.

Work on section 5 of the Mayan Train continues despite a judge’s order

In November 2023, a Court granted the definitive suspension to stop the works on section 5 of the Mayan Train. Despite this, construction work continues to cause damage to the aquifer.

Activists from Selváme del Tren have evidenced the drilling of caverns in the Aktun T’uyul system, the only source of drinking water in the Yucatán Peninsula.

Steel piles are crossing the cavern system, causing impacts on water quality. These perforations were made to “support” the elevated section of the Mayan Train that goes from Playa del Carmen to Tulum.

Source: Animal Politico

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