Mayan Train Kicks Off With Mixed Press ReportsBy Pedro Alcalá | Thu, 06/04/2020 - 17:18
President López Obrador has been on tour this week and two of his most prominent stops were events meant to officially launch the construction of different segments of the Mayan Train. La Jornada reported at the beginning of the week that the president was in Cancun to inaugurate the development of the train’s fourth segment. Aristegui Noticias reported later in the week that the president had made an appearance in the Campeche town of Escarcega to be present for the inauguration of works on the train’s second segment.
These events are spurring reactions both positive and negative. By the end of last week, UN-Habitat and even Moody’s had published positive evaluations of the Mayan Train, but El Economista reports this week that even more indigenous organizations have continued to express and reiterate their rejection to this initiative.
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