No Permits That Harm Environment/Student MovementBy Sofía Hanna | Mon, 12/13/2021 - 13:08
Saving the environment. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that his government would not give permits to those construction companies that damage the environment. “We are not going to grant permits for real estate developments that affect the environment and that are not approved by citizens. Until now, we have not had major problems.” Later, he gave some examples of the achievements of this initiative, such as the prohibition of the transgenic nuance, fracking, and no new concessions being granted for mining exploitation. López Obrador added that Minister of the Environment María Luisa Albores is an “incorruptible” woman and will not grant permits to real estate agents in places where construction is not allowed.
Zacatecas transformation. López Obrador said that the security situation in Zacatecas has improved after the implementation of a security plan for the state. After almost three weeks of the reinforcement of security in the region, he said there had already been positive results. López Obrador also announced that there would be a greater deployment of the National Guard to increase surveillance and that intelligence activities would be strengthened.
CIDE conflict. López Obrador asked for dialogue with the Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE) to resolve a conflict against the educational institution under the umbrella of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT). “Let them demonstrate and exercise their freedoms, and that CONACYT maintains the dialogue. Let the discussion focus on academics and not be used as a pretext to go against the government,” López Obrador said. He also criticized those who compare the conflict with CIDE to the student movement of 1968 that demanded greater political freedom and ended with government police and military troops firing on unarmed students during a march that killed an unknown number of students. López Obrador even recommended to the head of government of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, not to send police officers to student protests to avoid falling into provocations.
The conflict with CIDE arose after CONACYT’s governing board, led by María Elena Álvarez-Buylla, on Nov. 29, confirmed the appointment of Romero Tellaeche, who had served as interim director of CIDE since August, despite complaints by students, who later seized the facility.
Negotiations with Ecuador. López Obrador announced that good progress had been made toward signing a trade agreement with Ecuador, despite opposition from some businessmen in the shrimp sector; however, he said that he trusted the agreement would be ratified, as with Peru. “Progress is being made; the same as with Peru. Communication was established with President (Guillermo) Lasso and we want the treaty to be signed. (The problem) is not Peru, Ecuador, or President Lasso. Those who are dedicated to shrimp farming do not want (the treaty) because it will harm them.”
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