Journalists for a national newspaper said Wednesday they were threatened by armed men while doing an environmental story about a rock quarry on the outskirts of Mexico City.
Journalists for the newspaper Reporteros en Movimiento reported that they were checking allegations of environmental damage at a Tepetate rock quarry in Tecamac, not far from the famous Teotihuacan pyramids, and the new AIFA airport north of Mexico City.
According to the newspaper, a group of men showed up, one with a rifle, and forced the journalists to erase photos and videos of the quarry. The journalists were accompanied by members of a local community group, who were also threatened.
They said the assailants wore masks and one had a vest bearing the words “state police.” The assailants threatened to douse them with gasoline and set them afire.
And as we previously posted in the Mexico Daily Post, the AIFA airport was built in the middle of highly dangerous municipalities in the state of Mexico.
The State of Mexico, where Tecamac is located, said it was investigating the incident.
Tepetate is a light rock that is widely used in central Mexico in construction, due to its light weight.
However, huge amounts are needed and entire mountainsides have been trucked away, causing pollution, land degradation, and erosion problems.
Source: Reporteros en Movimiento