San Antonio Tlayacapan joins the anti-invasión movement
Activists were out on the beaches near the San Antonio Tlayacapan boardwalk
People who participated during the removal of one of the invading cyclone fences. Photo: Facebook.
Sofía Medeles (Ajijic).- Approximately 20 people gathered to recover the federal land on the beaches of San Antonio Tlayacapan to protest against alleged illegal construction last Sunday, May 15.
On Sunday morning, residents of San Antonio and Ajijic and members of the group Pueblos Unidos de la Ribera removed two fences that were encroaching properties on Lake Chapala.
A wall allegedly invading federal land was filled with messages about the lack of attention from the authorities. Photo: Facebook.
The activists identify illegal landfills and construction as part of their mission and they pointed to a trailer on land allegedly invaded by the former PAN candidate for local deputy, José de Jesús Arambul Solorio as one of the sites they are targeting.
One of the fences the activists removed was located in a construction site in progress and had been re-erected during the week. The group reported the fence to the Chapala Urban Development Department, requesting its removal and an end to the construction.However, as of the closing of this edition, the municipal authority had not acted, and the group intends to protest again.
«There are several landfills and high walls on the invaders’ land and they are walls that, until a year ago, were not there. They are very large spaces, some of up to one hectare. We tried to get a resolution from the city council to close down these construction projects, but they did not do it», mentioned a participant of the movement.
Trailer that the activists are trying to remove from property allegedly appropriated by the former PAN candidate for local congressman, Jesús Arambul Solorio, next to a banner calling for its removal. Photo: Facebook.
The contested trailer had been planned to be removed during the demonstration, but there were not sufficient people to move it. The protesters cleaned the property, and disconnected the vehicle from the electrical wiring, which, according to several witnesses, was illegally connected.
Due to the disregard by the authorities, as well as the lack of support, a demonstration is being called in the same area, this coming Friday, May 20, which will be attended by people from San Antonio, Ajijic and San Juan Cosalá to support the liberation of beaches and to create recreational and sports spaces.
Translated by Patrick O’Heffernan