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Residents of irregular settlements outside Mahahual demand land resolution in front of AMLO

Mahahual, Q.R. — Residents of several irregular areas outside Mahahual arrived with signs in hand to meet with President López Obrador. Over the weekend, the group waited for the arrival of the President in hopes of having their land disputes settled.

Residents of Los Flamingos, Las Palmas, Tamalcab, among others which are considered invaded settlements, arrived Friday outside Chetumal city hall as the President landed for an area tour of his projects.

The disgruntled residents are demanding their settlements be regularized and recognized as part of the municipality. Members of the protesting group were upset at the breakdown of talks with Strategic Projects Agency (Agepro). More than 400 people live between the irregular areas.

Angry residents of irregular settlements protest as AMLO arrives in Chetumal. Photo: June 2, 2023.

Late last month, Quintana Roo government officials said they were waiting on the final property titles for several plots of invaded land in Mahahual.

State Secretary Cristina Torres Gómez said they were waiting for the property title results by the Ministry of Agrarian, Territorial and Urbano (Sedatu) to determine if the land is national or private.

The plots of land have been occupied by families who began settling there more than 10 years ago. Some members of the protesting group said they will travel to Mexico City to talk with AMLO if need be.