National: March in Favor of NAICM in Texcoco Polarizes Public Opinion

Airport.pngPhoto @ Aristegui Noticias

 On November 11th, a march with around five thousand participants took place, according to reports from the police of the capital, which walked from the Angel of Independence to the Zocalo in Mexico City. According to La Jornada, it was called by “organizations, Citizens for Mexico, the Pro-Neighbor Movement, whose leader was a candidate for representative of the PRI in Mexico City and for the Senate in 2006 for New Alliance, Stop Kidnapping, Citizens’ Chain, Citizens’ Coordinator, among others”, to demonstrate in favor of the continuation of the construction of the New International Airport of Mexico City (NAICM in its Spanish acronym) on Lake Texcoco.

The controversial demonstration, which has been disparaged as the “posh march”, whose participants dressed mostly in black, representing the mourning for the cancellation of the project, generated polarization in several media and social networks due to the participation of Juan Dabdoub, homophobic ultra-right activist, leading the contingent, as well as the use of blankets and xenophobic posters against the migrant caravans carried by several participants of the march.

According to La Jornada, the organizers rigorously rejected in a statement “the way in which the past consultation on the NAIM was manipulated.” They also denounce “that it is intended to replace the laws and institutions of our democracy by crude simulations, which are attempted to be passed off as legitimate mechanisms.”

For more information in Spanish:

La marcha de la ultraderecha: #111111xMexico (Proceso, 12 de noviembre de 2018)

Llega al Zócalo marcha en apoyo de NAIM en Texcoco (La Jornada, 11 de noviembre de 2018)

Activista homófobo de ultraderecha participa en ‘marcha fifí’ (SDPnoticias, 11 de noviembre de 2018)

Así fue la ‘marcha fifí’ en CDMX (Plumas Atómicas, 11 de noviembre de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

National: Mexico International Airport in Texcoco is canceled after consultation (November 3rd, 2018)

National: Disturbances in Indigenous Territories over the Implementation of Megaprojects: San Francisco Xochicuautla and Atenco (April 14th, 2016)

National: FPDT of Atenco initiates mobilizations following announcement of new airport
(September 15th, 2014)

National: After 8 years of impunity in Atenco, threat to build airport continues (May 16th, 2014)

Mexico: Atenco prisoners released (July 12th, 2010)

 

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