Michoacán: Subcommander Marcos meets “mega-tunnel” opponents

Resuming his national tour of Mexico, Subcommander Marcos of the Zapatista rebels met June 14 with residents of Loma de Santa María barrio in Morelia, Michoacán, who oppose a so-called “mega-tunnel” state authorities plan to build through their neighborhood. After a closed meeting with the residents, Marcos joined community leaders at a press conference where he said, “The earth is like a human body, and if you destroy a natural area, it is as if you cut off an arm. The politicians are trying to convince us this is possible, when we know it is not true.” (Cambio de Michoacán, June 14) Opponents say the tunnel will negatively impact several green areas on the outer rings of the city, including Bosque Cuauhtémoc, Bosque Lázaro Cárdenas and La Loma de Santa María. (Cambio de Michoacán, June 7)

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