Atenco ready for new battle against airport project

The editor, Proceso
2 September, 2014

Ejidatarios of Atenco during a protest in Mexico City Photo: Miguel Dimayuga

Ejidatarios of Atenco during a protest in Mexico City Photo: Miguel Dimayuga

MEXICO CITY – The People’s Front in Defence of the Land (FPDT) from San Salvador Atenco reiterated its position to prevent the construction of the new international airport in Mexico City on the land of the former Texcoco Glass, with a planned investment of 125,000 million pesos.

Speaking to the electronic portal SDP, the leader of this group, Ignacio del Valle, one of the main opponents of the project since the Fox administration, said that they seek to take out an amparo (order for legal protection) and on Monday 8th will ask the Land Court to repeal a ruling that the ejidal land can be sold to private companies under freehold.

"It is not a surprise, it is the confirmation of what they have always wanted to do on our land, our response is the same as it was in 2001, bewilderment and anger at what we have experienced," he said.

The leader of the FPDT said he is aware of the new project that aims to use 12,000 hectares (5000 hectares more than in 2001) located in the communities of Ixtapan and Nexipayac, which is equivalent to a surface area four times larger than Mexico City Airport.

"The project not only includes the airport, they are speaking of lodging places, residential hotel areas, recreational areas, where we are not considered," he said.

This, he said, would cause four times more pollution, four times more noise impact. He also said the plan would cause the disappearance of communities, los of identity and the breakdown of the social fabric.

He therefore announced that the organization will resist once again the possibility of the construction of the new air terminal.

Associated Press 2nd September, 2014

Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, is announcing the construction of a new international airport for the capital that will quadruple the capacity of the current one. The president said the facility would have six runways and be capable of handling 120 million passengers a year. It will cost an estimated $9.2 billion (£ 5.5 billion), according to a written report delivered to Mexico’s Congress. More than a decade ago, protests led authorities to scrap a proposed new airport on the outskirts of Mexico City. The new proposal is to build on “federally owned land” [our inverted commas] next to the existing airport. The president spoke on Tuesday during his second state-of-the-nation address.


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