Some Indigenous and environmental groups on the Yucatan Peninsula worry project may bring more harm than good.
In February, the women collective of the EZLN said that Lopez Obrador’s government didn’t hold comprehensive community consultations for the ‚Maya Train‘, which is a large-scale infrastructure project is set to connect the whole Yucatan Peninsula for tourism, transportation, and economic purposes, and thus canceled the meeting to protest to the “new, bad government (that is) doing the capitalist’s megaprojects.”
Another issue that has inflamed the Zapatistas is the “Transisthmus Corridor,” an infrastructure project that will connect the Gulf of Mexico with the Pacific for commercial purposes, a million hectares of fruit and wood trees in Chiapas would replace native „unproductive“ forests.
“They don’t want our lands to be ours but for tourists to come and have their big hotels and their great restaurants,” stated the grouping.
The Indigenous National Congress (CNI) and the Indigenous Government Council (CIG), both backed by the EZLN and multiple organizations across the country, made clear their opposition to these and other mining, touristic, agroindustrial and infrastructure projects that threaten indigenous communities and territories.
The Zapatista women’s letter, addressed to other women, says that if they decide to hold the event in a different region then tell the attendees “the truth,” that the Zapatista women aren’t coming because they are “fighting … for their freedom.”