Mexican President Slams Environmentalists for Protesting “Maya Train” Tourist Railway

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador slammed environmentalists for protesting against the construction plan of the “Maya train tourist train line calling them “fake environmentalists.”

“They convince or they hire performers, fake environmentalists who supposedly are defending the environment, and they start a campaign against the train,” López Obrador said on Wednesday.

Mexican singers, actors, and environmentalists have issued a public protest against the project, which requires massive tree cutting between Cancun and Tulum and threatens to collapse underground caves known as “cenotes.”

The stretch between the resorts of Cancun and Tulum is also especially rich in caverns and sinkhole lakes that provide much of the region’s water. 

The “Maya train” project, a priority of López Obrador’s administration, would cover a 950-mile rail line that would run in a rough loop around the Yucatan peninsula, connecting Caribbean coast resorts with archaeological sites further inland.

On Tuesday, actors like Eugenio Derbez and Kate del Castillo, and singers like Natalia Lafourcade, published a video asking the president to stop the construction.

“The Maya Train is destroying the jungle,” said Derbez, a Mexican actor who is also known for U.S. English-language cross-over comedies like “How to Be a Latin Lover” and “Instructions Not Included.”

López Obrador rejected the calls and called them “fake environmentalists.”

In November, López Obrador issued a broad decree requiring all federal agencies to give automatic approval for any public works project the government deems of national interest or national security.

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