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Mexican village clashes with police over natural spring water

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
5/28/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Plans to extend well to undeserved areas incites violence

A village on the outskirts of Mexico City clashed with police officers last week. More than 100 police officers were injured and five people were taken into custody over a battle concerning a natural water spring that has serviced the village for years. Authorities want route the spring to serve the more under-served areas. It was just the latest clash over water in Mexico City, a place of nine million people where the taps are beginning to run dry.

Villagers are suspicious of their government's intentions due to the uncontrolled growth they've allowed in the hills nearby.

Villagers are suspicious of their government's intentions due to the uncontrolled growth they've allowed in the hills nearby.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
5/28/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Americas

Keywords: Mexico City, spring water, San Bartolo Ameyalco. clashes


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Mexico City had a growth spurt between the 1940s and the 1990s. Outlying villages, such as San Bartolo Ameyalco as a result, lost their identity and were consumed in the sprawling growth.

San Bartolo Ameyalco has taken great pride in its natural water spring. Mexico City officials wanted to extend the municipal water system into the village.

Starvation never takes a vacation --

However, many villagers think that the city wants take their spring water to supply the explosive growth of apartment blocks, offices and shopping centers that have sprouted in the upscale developments nearby.

Villagers fear that their plans to shore up the city's plans for the natural spring have - pardon the expression, have dried up. 

"This community has been deeply linked to water ever since it began," community activists wrote in a description of their town, whose name, Ameyalco, means "place where water springs forth" in the Nahuatl Indian language.

Rock-throwing residents greeted police last week. "This water project has been delayed for more than 18 years," the city's police department said in a statement.

"We think that the tank truck operators are involved. Tankers from this area don't want this project to go forward," borough president Leonel Luna said at a news conference.

City officials say they are trying to bring water into the area for 20,000 people who don't have service, not take it out. They said pipes for the project had been successfully laid last week and that city workers were being withdrawn.

Villagers are suspicious of their government's intentions due to the uncontrolled growth they've allowed in the hills nearby.

Developers have created a huge satellite city known as Santa Fe in the hills, despite the fact that adequate road, mass transit and water lines did not exist.

In the meantime, the situation is dire for many Mexico City residents have to rely on tank truck deliveries to get water, and every few months water supplies run out for entire neighborhoods; residents often block roadways to pressure authorities into solving the problems.

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