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New irregular colony, la Nueva Esperanza in Playa del Carmen demanding services, protection from angry landowners

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — City council of Solidaridad is being asked by another irregular settlement to be provided with services and to have threats of eviction by landowners stopped.

Nearly 150 people from the new irregular settlement of la Nueva Esperanza gathered in Plaza Julio 28 in Playa del Carmen to request services and protection against angry landowners. La Nueva Esperanza, which is directly behind the irregular settlement of InHouse, has been set up for several months.

The residents are requesting the municipality provide them with services such as electricity and water as well as intervene to stop the threats against them by the landowners of the land they have illegally invaded.

The irregular settlers arrived in the public square in central Playa del Carmen armed with cardboard signs asking for help and denouncing expulsion attempts by ministerial police.

One of the demonstrators, Juan Carlos Camacho Alvarez, said that the land belongs to those who work it, adding that they have cleared the land that was vacant.

He says there are five landowners who continually threaten them. “These five people are several members of the same family, are from Mérida,” he says. “We want the owners to stop sending us judicial threats,” he said, adding that he knows that he has already been reported to authorities.

A woman identified as Socorro explained that they came to the city center to ask for support, for drainage, street lighting and street repairs adding, “We do not want to pay rent and we are tired of being threatened that they will take us out. We are tired of that. ”

“We are not thugs, we are quiet people,” she added.

Camacho Alvarez noted that in la Nueva Esperanza invasion, there are already 650 families.