Mexican village revolts against cellphone antennae

Local residents in the Mexican village of Xico blocked roads for several days to prevent construction of a cellphone tower at the local pueblo of San Marcos. Following violent confrontations at the roadblocks between pro- and anti-antennae residents, Xico mayor Rogelio Soto Suárez called in elite anti-riot forces from the Veracruz state Auxiliary Police Institute (IPAX) to permit construction of the tower “by force.” Activists say they petitioned town authorities to have the tower relocated further away from the pueblo and its schoolhouse, fearing the health impacts on their children. (Marcha news agency, Xalapa, June 16)

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