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Ejidos respond with road block threats after announcement of Maya Train station change

Costa Maya, Q.R. — After the announcement of a section 7 station change in the south, ejidos responded by threatening to block workers and trucks starting next week.

Ejidatarios from Laguna Om are threatening to block work on section 7 of the Maya Train after the federal government announced a station change. Over the weekend, the government said the station that was set for construction in Nicolás Bravo would be moved.

The station will be relocated to the town of Francisco Villa in the municipality of Othón P. Blanco, which they say, is a strategic point for tourists to visit the archaeological remains of Kohunlich, Kinich-Ná and Dzibanché in the south of Quintana Roo.

After the announcement, the more than 500 members of the ejido expelled their Agrarian Attorney, Alexis Ballinas Ruiz, after claims he is working with other commissioners in the orchestration of the station change.

“We are going to do what has to be done so that the station stays in Nicolás Bravo because we were victims of fraud. In November, we approved ceding the 120 hectares that would be needed for the project and the construction of that building was part of the agreements in order to boost the local economy.

“Now they come and tell us that we approved the change when that never happened,” said Sonia Martínez León, one of the affected ejidatarias.

The group held an assembly over the weekend where they agreed to block work and protest outside the Fonatur building of Chetumal. A date for the blockade and protest was not determined.