The Mexican President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, on Thursday accused US Republicans of financing groups “pseudo-environmentalists” who oppose emblematic works of their government, such as the mayan train in the southeast of the country.
The president pointed out in his daily press conference “double discourse and double standards” of the republicans because “how they talk about defending the environment and the problems of climate change and at the same time destroy”.
And when it comes to doing a work like the mayan trainthey themselves are financing these groups so that they hinder any work that benefits the people ”,
His statements come after the Republicans denounced in the US Senate, during an appearance by the Secretary of State, Anthony Blinkenthat Mexican Armed Forces entered the facilities of the Calica mining company, a subsidiary of the American Vulcan Materials, in the Mexican Caribbean.
The Mexican government closed the mining company last year, accusing it of causing an ecological disaster in the southeastern state of Quintana Roo and behind protests against the mayan trainthe emblematic work of López Obrador for the area.
Republican senators (are) defending this American company (Vulcan Materials) that took gravel from Playa del Carmen, and from the Caribbean coasts, from the most beautiful natural and tourist area in Mexico and one of the most beautiful in the world,”
now criticized the Mexican ruler.
The conflict with Vulcan Materials, which has a concession until 2037, causes a commercial friction with the United States, where blinken acknowledged on Wednesday the “worry” of the White House by the case, and warned of a “very negative impact on Mexico’s efforts to attract future investment from the United States.”
But Lopez Obrador insisted that “they used the land as banks to remove gravel and take that construction material to USA and use it in road construction. All this because of the complicity that existed with the authorities.”
For this reason, although he promised to abide by the resolution of the dispute panel, he asked that it review the damages caused by the mining company, which also has a legal conflict with the Mexican cement company Cemex.
Yes, I would very much like them to know the territory, to know about the destruction, the ecocide caused by this American company, how they devastated natural mangrove areas, but over a wide area, and how they even affected archeological zones”,
López Obrador’s statements represent an escalation in his conflict with Republicans after US senators proposed declaring war on Mexican cartels in order to use the Armed Forces to fight them.
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