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Residents around Sac-Tun demand quarry closure

Solidaridad, Q.R. — Area residents around the Sac-Tun quarry protested over the weekend. The small group were demanding the permanent closure of the quarry.

A group of residents who live in the vicinity demonstrated at the access to the facilities along the federal highway outside Playa del Carmen. The group say they are concerned for area schools and the health of their children.

“We come to demand our rights be taken into account. We are neighboring communities, a kilometer and a half from Sac-Tun and the first structure is a school.

“The neighbors have presented breathing problems, so we are demanding the definitive closure of Sac-Tun which is the reason the people of the communities are here.

“”Here we are and we will continue here,” said Quetzal Tzab, a member of the Peninsular Maya Indigenous Movement.

Tzab is part of the same group who took their concerns to the 11th United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights last November in Switzerland. At the time, they presented the issues at hand in hopes of receiving international support.

In October of 2022, they filed a class action suit against the company Caliza Industriales del Carmen (Calica), currently with the trade name Sac-Tun, before the federal Judiciary in Cancun for “serious violations of the environment and the health of girls and children from the rural communities of Quintana Roo”.