Indigenous communities against Santa Lucía
The project of Santa Lucía has also been impeached by civil society organizations, law firms, and citizens – Photo: Mario Jasso/CUARTOSCURO.COM

Indigenous communities against Santa Lucía

30/08/2019
16:25
Diana Lastiri
Mexico City
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Communities from the municipality of Tecámac are afraid of losing part of their territory, suffering from a water collapse, and other affectations to their daily life due to the project of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador

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Representatives of the group of indigenous communities from the municipality of Tecámac, State of Mexico, processed nine writs of amparo against the construction of the new airport of Santa Lucía.

The claims were presented in federal courts of Naucalpan and two of them have already been sent to the Fifth Administrative Matters Court of Mexico City, the agency where the Federal Judicial Council (CJF) ordered to concentrate all amparos against the works of the airbase of Santa Lucía.

The rest of the claims have not been sent to Mexico City because the judges asked the complainers to ratify signatures and clarify names, among other matters of the process.

EL UNIVERSAL informed that the group of communities from the municipality of Tecámac are afraid of losing part of their territory, suffering from a water collapse, and other affectations to their daily life due to the project of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

In their demands, they criticized the omission of federal authorities to perform a study about the people and communities that will be affected socially by Santa Lucía International Airport, and the lack of a previous indigenous consultation in all the affected towns and communities.
 

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The files registered in federal courts until now were done under the name of the peoples of San Francisco Cuautliquixca, Santa María Ajoloapan, San Pablo Tecalco, San Pedro Pozohuacan, Santa María Ozumbilla, San Jerónimo Xonacahuacan, San Lucas Xolox, Reyes Acozac, and Santo Domingo Ajoloapan.

Among their demands is the performance of studies of security risks due to the storage of gasoline for commercial aircrafts that could operate in Santa Lucía airport.

In addition, they also demand a consultation that considers that the project can affect water supply, environmental pollution, displacement of people living near the airbase, development of the towns and communities, and the increase of noise and the military in the area.

The precautions by which the judges of Naucalpan have not admitted nor sent the amparos to the court need the complainers to inform the date they knew of the official letter in which the Environment and Natural Resources Ministry (Semarnat) rejects the consultation; they assert that it was last August 17th.

Since last June, the project of Santa Lucía was impeached by the collective #NoMoreWaste (#NoMásDerroches) made up of civil society organizations, law firms, and more than a hundred citizens.

Since then, federal judges and courts of Mexico City and the State of Mexico granted suspensions that have paralyzed the project for reasons of air security, environment, archeology, and matters regarding the licenses for its development.
 

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Due to the high number of filed claims and the risk of issuing contradictory sentences, the CJF determined since last July to concentrate all writs of amparo in the Fifth Administrative Matters Court of Mexico City.

That month, the Communications and Transport Ministry (SCT) asserted that the studies of environmental impact and airspace for the project where ready and concluded that it is feasible.

Semarnat concluded the manifestation of environmental impact, in which, despite making 14 observations to fix the impact, it approved the construction of Santa Lucía Airport.

The writs of amparo of the indigenous peoples of Tecámac were processed independently to the over 100 trials presented by the collective #NoMoreWaste, but they were also sent to Mexico City’s court because they impeach the same issue.

Last August 15th, the Fifth District Judge granted an indefinite suspension not only for the federal government not to build the Santa Lucía airport, but also to prevent the flooding of what was built of Mexico’s New International Airport (NAIM) in Texcoco.

The measure will be valid until the judge inspects if the cancelation of the NAIM was done according to the law, which could be next September 18th.
 

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