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Ejido groups perform ritual against Maya Train land use

Costa Maya, Q.R. — An Ejido group from Xmaben and Annexes are the latest to block work along the Maya Train route. The Committee for the Defense of Ejido Lands of Xmaben and Annexes blocked passage by marking the limits of their land with tape and wooden crosses.

The state has not responded publicly to this latest Ejido protest. The area of land marked off-limits is in regard to section 6 of the train. They say they are refusing authorities of the National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (Fonatur) to compensate their lands.

In December, numerous hectares of land in the south of the state was expropriated by the federal government to be used for the Maya Train project.

After outlining their land with various markers, the group carried out a ritual to invoke Yúum K’aax (God of the jungle) and the Aluxes to punish anyone who tries to remove their fence and work in that area.