Tres Barrios Collective urges magistrates to defend the people
The First District Court in Campeche changed the status of postponement of hearing to determine the definitive suspension or continuity of the consensual relocation process of the Mayan Train in the urban area of the city of Campeche, a ruling that affects three traditional neighborhoods. The hearing was on March 9, they first notified that it would be this Tuesday, but today they were informed Wednesday that it will be until further notice.
Guadalupe Cáceres, the representative of the Santa Lucía neighborhood and member of the Tres Barrios collective, expressed concern about this decision and reminded the magistrates of the federal body that they are here to defend the people.
One of the activist’s arguments is that for a year they denounced that the process should stop in the face of the pandemic, but UN-HABITAT continued to send its collaborators to continue with surveys on possible relocation, this to give its first phase and they could reveal what the first step would be.
“That is until now we do not know what the federal government’s plan is, they only offer us to leave here and go to another space with quality housing, but it is not and will not be the same, mainly our rejection is due to the lack of information and because in reality, we do not want to leave our heritage, which is a historical legacy, since those of us who do have papers are descendants of the first settlers of the traditional neighborhoods ”, she specified.
She stressed that the hearing was yesterday Tuesday, but they were notified that there were changes in the agenda and they postponed the session to rule on the definitive suspension or continuity of the first phase during the Amparo process, that is to say, that whatever the result, there is already a trial directed against the Mayan Train project in the urban area of Campeche, “but the idea is that they stop the relocation process,” she said.
She also mentioned that there are reports of residents who have left their houses inside the right of way, but it is because they recognize that they arrived after them, in the case of the Tres Barrios they have historical documents that prove that they have been residents of the site since before to lay the tracks and that is why they raised their voices.
“To those who gave in they sweetened their ears with what they were going to give them and it ended up being a palliative, that is also a violation of human rights,” concluded Cáceres.