Mayor evicts squatters from protected land


Mexico City Mayor Andrés Manuel López Obrador has carried out the first evictions in what his administration claims will be a campaign to remove vast numbers of illegal settlements on protected land. On Oct. 4, the mayor sent 700 riot police into Xochimilco, a southern suburb famous for its canal network and gondola rides through tropical nurseries, to evict an estimated 5,000 squatters living near the waterways. The operation lasted all day. According to police, 29 people were arrested, 10 were injured and one squatter fired shots without wounding anyone. Xochimilco’s cultural and historical significance, as well as its economic role as a tourist destination, may have encouraged López Obrador to act. It is what remains of the Aztecs’ artificial but fertile ecosystem of floating... [Log in to read more]

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