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City begins legal proceedings to remove squatters at Puerto Aventuras

Puerto Aventuras, Q.R. — A group of squatters on land located in Puerto Aventuras have had legal proceedings started against them by the municipality of Solidaridad.

Staff of the Dirección de Asuntos Jurídicos (legal affairs department) of Solidaridad conducted an inspection of the one-hectare property they have been living on since December, and determined that it belongs to the municipality.

The three leaders, who have been attempting to illegally sell plots of the municipal land, along with the other invaders, have been notified of their legal standing, however, they claim the land to be national and are refusing to leave.

Photo: Ayuntamiento de Solidaridad

City officials recorded the squatter’s clearing of land as well as the construction of eight small cabins, all in an invasion of the city property.

Faced with the refusal to leave, the Ayuntamiento de Solidaridad filed a legal complaint with the General Prosecutor of the State of Quintana Roo for the crime of dispossession and what is, according to the law, against the leaders and inhabitants of the invasion.

Under Article 158 of the Código Penal para el Estado de Quintana Roo, the crime of dispossession can result in a large fine as well as six months to six years in jail.