Mexico resort – Mexico Virtual http://mexico-virtual.com/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 21:10:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://mexico-virtual.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/profile.png Mexico resort – Mexico Virtual http://mexico-virtual.com/ 32 32 Body found in Mexico resort is believed to be missing radio host, authorities say https://mexico-virtual.com/body-found-in-mexico-resort-is-believed-to-be-missing-radio-host-authorities-say-2/ Sun, 28 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://mexico-virtual.com/body-found-in-mexico-resort-is-believed-to-be-missing-radio-host-authorities-say-2/ A body found earlier this week in a Mexican resort is believed to be that of a missing former radio host, although forensic tests are pending, local authorities said on Saturday. Candida Cristal Vazquez, a former radio host who also worked in communications for the local police, was reported missing at the end of […]]]>

A body found earlier this week in a Mexican resort is believed to be that of a missing former radio host, although forensic tests are pending, local authorities said on Saturday.

Candida Cristal Vazquez, a former radio host who also worked in communications for the local police, was reported missing at the end of July. The mayor of Mazatlán, on the Pacific coast of Mexico, Luis Guillermo Benitez, told reporters on Saturday that tests were underway to confirm that a body found Thursday was Vazquez, but “everything indicates that it is indeed ‘she”.

A statement from the state’s attorney general on Friday said family members had identified the body as Vazquez, but he could not yet confirm the decomposing body was his without genetic test results. he had made. Police found the body floating in a canal in Mazatlan.

Mexican media described Vazquez as a journalist. The Committee to Protect Journalists told Reuters it was still investigating whether she was a journalist and whether her death was motivated by her profession. 2022 is already the deadliest year on record for members of the Mexican press, with at least 18 journalists killed so far, according to Article 19.

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Body found in Mexico resort is believed to be missing radio host, authorities say https://mexico-virtual.com/body-found-in-mexico-resort-is-believed-to-be-missing-radio-host-authorities-say-3/ Sun, 28 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://mexico-virtual.com/body-found-in-mexico-resort-is-believed-to-be-missing-radio-host-authorities-say-3/ This content was published on August 28, 2022 – 00:18 August 28, 2022 – 00:18 MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A body found earlier this week in a Mexican resort town is believed to be that of a missing former radio host, although forensic tests are pending, local authorities said on Saturday. Candida Cristal Vazquez, a […]]]>
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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A body found earlier this week in a Mexican resort town is believed to be that of a missing former radio host, although forensic tests are pending, local authorities said on Saturday.

Candida Cristal Vazquez, a former radio host who also worked in communications for the local police, was reported missing at the end of July.

The mayor of Mazatlán, on the Pacific coast of Mexico, Luis Guillermo Benitez, told reporters on Saturday that tests were underway to confirm that a body found Thursday was Vazquez, but “everything indicates that it is indeed ‘she”.

A statement from the state’s attorney general on Friday said family members had identified the body as Vazquez, but he could not yet confirm the decomposing body was his without genetic test results. he had made.

Police found the body floating in a canal in Mazatlan.

Mexican media described Vazquez as a journalist. The Committee to Protect Journalists told Reuters it was still investigating whether she was a journalist and whether her death was motivated by her profession.

2022 is already the deadliest year on record for members of the Mexican press, with at least 18 journalists killed so far, according to Article 19.

(Reporting by Brendan O’Boyle and Kylie Madry; Editing by Bill Berkrot and Daniel Wallis)

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Body found in Mexico resort is believed to be missing radio host, authorities say https://mexico-virtual.com/body-found-in-mexico-resort-is-believed-to-be-missing-radio-host-authorities-say/ Sat, 27 Aug 2022 23:20:00 +0000 https://mexico-virtual.com/body-found-in-mexico-resort-is-believed-to-be-missing-radio-host-authorities-say/ MEXICO CITY, Aug 27 (Reuters) – A body found earlier this week in a Mexican resort town is believed to be that of a missing former radio host, although forensic tests are pending, local authorities said on Saturday. Candida Cristal Vazquez, a former radio host who also worked in communications for the local police, was […]]]>

MEXICO CITY, Aug 27 (Reuters) – A body found earlier this week in a Mexican resort town is believed to be that of a missing former radio host, although forensic tests are pending, local authorities said on Saturday.

Candida Cristal Vazquez, a former radio host who also worked in communications for the local police, was reported missing at the end of July.

The mayor of Mazatlán, on the Pacific coast of Mexico, Luis Guillermo Benitez, told reporters on Saturday that tests were underway to confirm that a body found Thursday was Vazquez, but “everything indicates that it is indeed ‘she”.

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A statement from the state’s attorney general on Friday said family members had identified the body as Vazquez, but he could not yet confirm the decomposing body was his without genetic test results. he had made.

Police found the body floating in a canal in Mazatlan.

Mexican media described Vazquez as a journalist. The Committee to Protect Journalists told Reuters it was still investigating whether she was a journalist and whether her death was motivated by her profession.

2022 is already the deadliest year on record for members of the Mexican press, with at least 18 journalists killed so far, according to Article 19. read more

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Reporting by Brendan O’Boyle and Kylie Madry; Editing by Bill Berkrot and Daniel Wallis

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Mexico Resort Vs All Inclusive Cruises With Photos https://mexico-virtual.com/mexico-resort-vs-all-inclusive-cruises-with-photos/ Sat, 27 Aug 2022 10:03:46 +0000 https://mexico-virtual.com/mexico-resort-vs-all-inclusive-cruises-with-photos/ I thought the dining options at the resort were much more flexible than any cruise we’ve been on. The author’s second daughter eating pizza by the pool and a view of the Italian night buffet offerings. Daryl Austin In my experience, cruise meals are somewhat flexible, apart from the main dining room where we only […]]]>

I thought the dining options at the resort were much more flexible than any cruise we’ve been on.

The author’s second daughter eating pizza by the pool and a view of the Italian night buffet offerings.

Daryl Austin


In my experience, cruise meals are somewhat flexible, apart from the main dining room where we only ever had two options for dinner: eat early or late.

Dining at our resort, on the other hand, was very flexible.

We went to a huge breakfast and dinner buffet with rotating cuisine themes like Caribbean, Brazilian, Mexican, Steak and Lobster, Italian, Asian, and BBQ. Reservations were never needed and I noticed that customers came and went as they pleased.

For lunch, we chose between two restaurants by the pool and an all-you-can-eat pizzeria. The resort also has two upscale restaurants, including a Japanese hibachi restaurant which my family loved. These restaurants allow and recommend reservations, although they are not required, and some meals incur an additional charge.

We also ordered snacks and drinks by the pool and appreciated the 24 hour room service.

Everyone in my family liked the food, and overall I thought the quality was superior to most cruises I’ve been on, with the possible exception of Disney, which I think it was on par in flavor and quality.

Unlike the cruise, however, I felt compelled to tip every meal. Each server, whether poolside, room service or buffet, then brought us a check which showed a zero balance for the meal but included a line where I could, and did, write a tip to be charged to my room.

I much prefer the way cruise lines handle tipping where guests pay a one-time amount upfront to be split among all staff, or tip each crew member individually at the end of the trip.

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Body found in Mexico resort is believed to be missing radio host, authorities say https://mexico-virtual.com/body-found-in-mexico-resort-is-believed-to-be-missing-radio-host-authorities-say-4/ Sat, 27 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://mexico-virtual.com/body-found-in-mexico-resort-is-believed-to-be-missing-radio-host-authorities-say-4/ MEXICO CITY, Aug 27 (Reuters) – A body found earlier this week in a Mexican resort town is believed to be that of a missing former radio host, although forensic tests are pending, local authorities said on Saturday. Candida Cristal Vazquez, a former radio host who also worked in communications for the local police, was […]]]>

MEXICO CITY, Aug 27 (Reuters) – A body found earlier this week in a Mexican resort town is believed to be that of a missing former radio host, although forensic tests are pending, local authorities said on Saturday.

Candida Cristal Vazquez, a former radio host who also worked in communications for the local police, was reported missing at the end of July.

The mayor of Mazatlán, on the Pacific coast of Mexico, Luis Guillermo Benitez, told reporters on Saturday that tests were underway to confirm that a body found Thursday was Vazquez, but “everything indicates that it is indeed ‘she”.

Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com

A statement from the state’s attorney general on Friday said family members had identified the body as Vazquez, but he could not yet confirm the decomposing body was his without genetic test results. he had made.

Police found the body floating in a canal in Mazatlan.

Mexican media described Vazquez as a journalist. The Committee to Protect Journalists told Reuters it was still investigating whether she was a journalist and whether her death was motivated by her profession.

2022 is already the deadliest year on record for members of the Mexican press, with at least 18 journalists killed so far, according to Article 19. read more

Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com

Reporting by Brendan O’Boyle and Kylie Madry; Editing by Bill Berkrot and Daniel Wallis

Our standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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Mexico Resort Vs All Inclusive Cruises With Photos https://mexico-virtual.com/mexico-resort-vs-all-inclusive-cruises-with-photos-2/ Sat, 27 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://mexico-virtual.com/mexico-resort-vs-all-inclusive-cruises-with-photos-2/ I thought the dining options at the resort were much more flexible than any cruise we’ve been on. The author’s second daughter eating pizza by the pool and a view of the Italian night buffet offerings. Daryl Austin In my experience, cruise meals are somewhat flexible, apart from the main dining room where we only […]]]>

I thought the dining options at the resort were much more flexible than any cruise we’ve been on.

The author’s second daughter eating pizza by the pool and a view of the Italian night buffet offerings.

Daryl Austin


In my experience, cruise meals are somewhat flexible, apart from the main dining room where we only ever had two options for dinner: eat early or late.

Dining at our resort, on the other hand, was very flexible.

We went to a huge breakfast and dinner buffet with rotating cuisine themes like Caribbean, Brazilian, Mexican, Steak and Lobster, Italian, Asian, and BBQ. Reservations were never needed and I noticed that customers came and went as they pleased.

For lunch, we chose between two restaurants by the pool and an all-you-can-eat pizzeria. The resort also has two upscale restaurants, including a Japanese hibachi restaurant which my family loved. These restaurants allow and recommend reservations, although they are not required, and some meals incur an additional charge.

We also ordered snacks and drinks by the pool and appreciated the 24 hour room service.

Everyone in my family liked the food, and overall I thought the quality was superior to most cruises I’ve been on, with the possible exception of Disney, which I think it was on par in flavor and quality.

Unlike the cruise, however, I felt compelled to tip every meal. Each server, whether poolside, room service or buffet, then brought us a check which showed a zero balance for the meal but included a line where I could, and did, write a tip to be charged to my room.

I much prefer the way cruise lines handle tipping where guests pay a one-time amount upfront to be split among all staff, or tip each crew member individually at the end of the trip.

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In the Mexico City resort, squatters take a stand against developers | International https://mexico-virtual.com/in-the-mexico-city-resort-squatters-take-a-stand-against-developers-international/ Mon, 22 Aug 2022 23:51:00 +0000 https://mexico-virtual.com/in-the-mexico-city-resort-squatters-take-a-stand-against-developers-international/ MARK STEVENSON Associated Press TULUM, Mexico — Unchecked development has hit this once laid-back beach town on Mexico’s Caribbean coast so hard that developers are now eager — even desperate — to build condominiums and hotels in a slum. As police try to evict squatters so towering condos can be built next to wooden and […]]]>

MARK STEVENSON Associated Press

TULUM, Mexico — Unchecked development has hit this once laid-back beach town on Mexico’s Caribbean coast so hard that developers are now eager — even desperate — to build condominiums and hotels in a slum.

As police try to evict squatters so towering condos can be built next to wooden and tar paper shacks, locals are fighting back, saying they’re tired of foreign investors excluding local people from their homes. own coast.

In a clash on July 27, officers accompanying a backhoe fired tear gas and attempted to overturn the homes of some squatters in the shade of a new balcony condominium building. The attempt ended when the wind blew the gas back onto the officers, who retreated under a hail of rocks.

The contrast between rich and poor is stark: Shiny white four-story condos with vaguely Mayan-sounding names and English slogans like “Live in the Luscious Jungle” and “An immersive spiritual experience” stand next to shacks made of poles, packing crates, tarpaulins and sheet metal roofing.

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On a coast where uncontrolled resort development has already closed off most public beach access – there are only a few public access points on the 80-mile stretch known as the Riviera Maya – residents of squatter camp may have reason to wonder if poorer Mexicans will be allowed here at all.

Quintana Roo state officials have pledged to relocate or evict approximately 12,000 residents of the 340-acre October 2 Settlement. It was founded in 2016 on very valuable, formerly public land a few blocks from the town’s main street and about 1½ miles from the shore.

Such land invasions are common throughout Mexico. Many are quickly eradicated. But others are gradually integrating into their cities. Up to 250,000 people are thought to live in squatter communities on the outskirts of Cancun.

Officials say the “invaders” have created a semi-lawless enclave that has worsened Tulum’s reputation for growing violence and threatened the vital tourism industry.

Squatter leader Jose Antonio León Méndez, a welder who has lived in Cancun and Tulum for about three decades, says he — like many squatters who work as cooks, gardeners and builders in surrounding condos and hotels — was tired of knowing that he would never be able to afford a home in cities that were increasingly filled with foreigners.

“How can a Mexican be an ‘invader’ in his own country? That does not make any sense. It’s like saying someone steals something that belongs to them,” said León Méndez. “These people are not thieves; they are the workforce of Tulum.

“We have no personal problems with foreigners, but they must respect our rights,” he said, adding that October 2 represents a final battle for Mexicans being deported from their own coast.

The settlement is part of a larger 500-acre stretch of public land that was sold by city officials to largely foreign developers in the 2000s.

Condos on the edge of the camp – and some well inside – now sell for between $100,000 and $150,000 and are advertised in US dollars – as are entrance fees at many resorts. Around Tulum, $20 a day is considered a good wage. So it would take decades of wages for the average Mexican worker to buy one.

Quintana Roo’s attorney general, Oscar Montes de Oca, vows to evict the squatters. “We even have the eviction orders from the court,” Montes de Oca said. “It’s just that every time we tried, they all immediately got together and blocked the roads.”

Many of these roadblocks remain: mounds of stones, tires and scrap wood piled up in the streets, ready to be set on fire.

Mateo Cruz, who rents a room for himself and his two children in the settlement, points to the angry bruise on his thigh where he says he was hit by a police tear gas canister.

“They came and said we had to go out and take our things with us,” Cruz said of the July 27 eviction attempt. The land where he lives is directly under a new four-story condominium building.

“What were they thinking, throwing tear gas among so many people? said Cruz.

Montes de Oca says officials plan to relocate the squatters: “We are going to offer them land away from this area, provided by the state government. … Businessmen will bring money to build houses.

“It will push 70% of these people to leave voluntarily, with the certainty of having decent housing,” said Montes de Oca. Asked what would be done with the remaining 30%, he replied: “Other means will be applied”.

León Méndez rejects such an offer.

“We are not going to allow them to continue selling the land to foreigners while they send us locals, who have lived in Quintana Roo for 15, 20 or 30 years, living 20 kilometers (12 miles) away in the woods. “, did he declare. said. “It’s not negotiable.”

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In the Mexico City resort, squatters take a stand against developers https://mexico-virtual.com/in-the-mexico-city-resort-squatters-take-a-stand-against-developers/ Thu, 18 Aug 2022 16:32:40 +0000 https://mexico-virtual.com/in-the-mexico-city-resort-squatters-take-a-stand-against-developers/ A phrase that reads in Spanish “SOS M. AMLO. We are under attack. Help!!!’ covers a street in the October 2 squatter colony in Tulum, Quintana Roo state, Mexico, Thursday, August 4, 2022. The message was written by the squatters, addressed to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador after local officials tried to evict them […]]]>

A phrase that reads in Spanish “SOS M. AMLO. We are under attack. Help!!!’ covers a street in the October 2 squatter colony in Tulum, Quintana Roo state, Mexico, Thursday, August 4, 2022. The message was written by the squatters, addressed to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador after local officials tried to evict them from a stretch of public land that was sold by city officials to largely foreign developers.(AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

By MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press

TULUM, Mexico (AP) — Unchecked development has hit this once laid-back beach town on Mexico’s Caribbean coast so hard that developers are now eager, even desperate, to build condominiums and hotels in a slum.

As police try to evict squatters so towering condos can be built next to wooden and tar paper shacks, locals are fighting back, saying they’re tired of foreign investors excluding local people from their homes. own coast.

In the latest clash on July 27, police accompanying a backhoe fired tear gas and attempted to topple the homes of some squatters in the shade of a new balcony condominium building. The attempt ended when the wind blew the gas back onto the officers, who retreated under a hail of rocks.

The contrast between rich and poor is striking. Shiny white four-story condos with vaguely Mayan-sounding names and English slogans like “Live in the Luscious Jungle” and “An immersive spiritual experience” stand next to shacks made of poles, packing crates, tarpaulins and sheet metal roofs.

On a coast where uncontrolled resort development has already closed off most public access to beaches – there are only a few public access points on the 80-mile stretch known as the Riviera Maya – residents of squatter camp may have reason to wonder if poorer Mexicans will be allowed here at all.

Quintana Roo state officials have pledged to relocate or evict approximately 12,000 residents of the 340-acre October 2 Settlement. It was founded in 2016 on very valuable, formerly public land a few blocks from the town’s main street and about a mile and a half from the shore.

Such land invasions are common throughout Mexico. Many are quickly eradicated. But others are gradually integrating into their cities. Up to 250,000 people are thought to live in squatter communities on the outskirts of Cancún.

Officials say the “invaders” have created a semi-lawless enclave that has worsened Tulum’s reputation for growing violence and threatened the vital tourism industry.

Squatter leader Jose Antonio León Méndez, a welder who has lived in Cancún and Tulum for about three decades, says he was tired of knowing he could never afford a home in increasingly crowded cities. strangers.

“How can a Mexican be an ‘invader’ in his own country? That does not make any sense. It’s like saying someone steals something that belongs to them,” said León Méndez. “These people are not thieves. They are the workforce of Tulum.

“We don’t have any personal problems with foreigners, but they must respect our rights,” he said, adding that October 2 represents a final battle for Mexicans who are being deported from their own coast.

The settlement is part of a larger 500-acre stretch of public land that was sold by city officials to largely foreign developers in the 2000s.

Condos on the edge of the camp – and some well inside – now sell for between $100,000 and $150,000 and are advertised in US dollars, as are entrance fees at many resorts. Around Tulum, $20 a day is considered a good wage. So it would take decades of wages for the average Mexican worker to buy one.

Quintana Roo’s attorney general, Oscar Montes de Oca, vows to evict the squatters. “We even have the eviction orders from the court,” Montes de Oca said. “It’s just that every time we tried, they all immediately got together and blocked the roads.”

Many of these roadblocks remain: mounds of stones, tires and scrap wood piled up in the streets, ready to be set on fire.

Mateo Cruz, who rents a room for himself and his two children in the settlement, shows the angry bruise on his thigh where he says he was hit by a police tear gas canister.

“They came and said we had to go out and take our stuff with us,” Cruz said of the July 27 eviction attempt. The land where he lives is directly under a new four-story condominium building.

“What were they thinking, throwing tear gas among so many people? said Cruz.

Montes de Oca says officials plan to relocate the squatters. “We are going to offer them land away from this area, provided by the state government,” he said. “Businessmen will bring money to build houses.”

“It will push 70% of these people to leave voluntarily, with the certainty of having decent housing,” said Montes de Oca. Asked what would be done with the remaining 30%, he replied: “Other means will be applied”.

León Méndez rejects such an offer.

“We are not going to allow them to continue selling the land to foreigners while they send us locals, who have lived in Quintana Roo for 15, 20 or 30 years, living 20 kilometers (12 miles) away in the woods. “, he said. “It’s not negotiable.”

Considering the cost of taxis and tourist bus routes, the journey from a new settlement could cost workers a quarter of their daily wages.

But officials have another argument.

Street-level drug trafficking is the source of many murders in the October 2 Camp, just like in the rest of Tulum. In October, two tourists, one an India-born Californian travel blogger and the other German, were caught in the crossfire of rival drug dealers and killed at a restaurant on Tulum’s main avenue.

Lucio Hernández, the state police chief, said government security cameras detected that many drug dealers in Tulum were using the squatters’ camp as a hideout.

Squatter leader Rafael Hernández Juárez acknowledges that the area has become more violent, with drug deals and murders occurring from time to time.

“We try not to meddle with them,” the affable former tourist shuttle driver said, noting that it would be dangerous for him to report drug dealers.

Victor Reyes, a Tulum resident who works in real estate, estimates that about 70% of condominium investment comes from foreign developers, and condos are priced in dollars “because they have to recoup their investment in dollars.” “.

It reflects the suspicions that some residents have about the squatters. “Their groups have become mafias,” Reyes said. “These organizations bring people together…and use women and children as cannon fodder” to avoid deportation. “They won the lottery” by squatting such valuable land, he says.

The squatters are obviously a political group – currently aligned with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s Morena party – and in a sense many see their humble shacks as lottery winners.

Many have built second sets of rooms and rent out their original cabins to locals. Some squatters sold their spacious 10 by 20 meter plots for $8,000 to $12,000. Apparently, they invest all the money they have in building rooms – sometimes brick, sometimes wood – gradually, as they save enough for materials.

But none have running water or sewer hookups, though condos built in the same camp all have them – some of the condos even have pools. The squatters rig their electrical connections and make do with primitive wells and septic tanks drilled into the rocky ground, the combination of which is problematic.

For the vast majority of squatters, even though they live in expensive real estate, daily life remains a struggle.

Lenin Solís Vega, a construction worker, builds his own house one block of cement at a time. He has been evicted twice from previous lots in the settlement, one of which is 20 yards from his current home and where a new condominium is to be built.

“Now they say, ‘Why are you building?’ and they want to deport us,” he said. “But how? We are Mexicans and we have nothing.

Some of the squatters have even taken advantage of wealthier neighbors, who come to buy cheap meals for the residents.

Lorena, from the state of Campeche, has spent years cooking for tourists in hotels and restaurants where she was once forbidden to speak her native Mayan language. She asked that her last name not be used to avoid problems with the authorities.

And since she built her cabin out of wood and tarp – she planted trees and built a goldfish pond out back – she was able to set up her own street food stand in front of her house.

She even learned to recite in English the menu of the “beef, chicken, pork” empanadas that she sells to tourists who walk around from the condos.

“All investors are welcome,” Lorena said, “but they can’t discriminate against or look down on us just because we’re poor.”

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In a Mexico City resort, squatters take a stand against developers https://mexico-virtual.com/in-a-mexico-city-resort-squatters-take-a-stand-against-developers/ Thu, 18 Aug 2022 14:21:26 +0000 https://mexico-virtual.com/in-a-mexico-city-resort-squatters-take-a-stand-against-developers/ By Mark Stevenson August 18, 2022 GMT https://apnews.com/article/travel-mexico-caribbean-342f20e2a06fe89b59099797b7141d4e TULUM, Mexico (AP) — Unchecked development has hit this once laid-back beach town on Mexico’s Caribbean coast so hard that developers are now eager — even desperate — to build condominiums and hotels in a slum. As police try to evict squatters so towering condos can be […]]]>

By Mark Stevenson

August 18, 2022 GMT

TULUM, Mexico (AP) — Unchecked development has hit this once laid-back beach town on Mexico’s Caribbean coast so hard that developers are now eager — even desperate — to build condominiums and hotels in a slum.

As police try to evict squatters so towering condos can be built next to wooden and tar paper shacks, locals are fighting back, saying they’re tired of foreign investors excluding local people from their homes. own coast.

In the latest clash on July 27, police accompanying a backhoe fired tear gas and attempted to topple the homes of some squatters in the shadow of a new balcony condominium building. The attempt ended when the wind blew the gas back onto the officers, who retreated under a hail of rocks.

The contrast between rich and poor is stark: Shiny white four-story condos with vaguely Mayan-sounding names and English slogans like “Live in the Luscious Jungle” and “An immersive spiritual experience” stand next to shacks made of poles, packing crates, tarpaulins and sheet metal roofing.

On a coast where uncontrolled resort development has already closed most public beach access – there are only a few public access points on the 80-mile (130km) stretch known as the Riviera Maya – residents of the squatter camp may have reason to ask if poorer Mexicans will be allowed here.

Quintana Roo state officials pledged to relocate or evict approximately 12,000 residents of the 340-acre (137-hectare) October 2 Settlement. It was founded in 2016 on highly prized, formerly public land a few blocks from the town’s main street and about 1 1/2 miles (2 kilometers) from the shore.

Such land invasions are common throughout Mexico. Many are quickly eradicated. But others are gradually integrating into their cities. Up to 250,000 people are thought to live in squatter communities on the outskirts of Cancun.

Officials say the “invaders” have created a semi-lawless enclave that has worsened Tulum’s reputation for growing violence and threatened the vital tourism industry.

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Squatter leader Jose Antonio León Méndez, a welder who has lived in Cancun and Tulum for about three decades, says he — like many squatters who work as cooks, gardeners and builders in surrounding condos and hotels — was tired of knowing that he would never be able to afford a home in cities that were increasingly filled with foreigners.

“How can a Mexican be an ‘invader’ in his own country? That does not make any sense. It’s like saying someone steals something that belongs to them,” said León Méndez. “These people are not thieves; they are the workforce of Tulum.

“We have no personal problems with foreigners, but they must respect our rights,” he said, adding that October 2 represents a final battle for Mexicans being deported from their own coast.

The settlement is part of a larger 500-acre (200-hectare) swath of public land that was sold by city officials to largely foreign developers in the 2000s.

Condos on the edge of the camp – and some well inside – now sell for between $100,000 and $150,000 and are advertised in US dollars – as are entrance fees at many resorts. Around Tulum, $20 a day is considered a good wage. So it would take decades of wages for the average Mexican worker to buy one.

Quintana Roo’s attorney general, Oscar Montes de Oca, vows to evict the squatters. “We even have the eviction orders from the court,” Montes de Oca said. “It’s just that every time we tried, they all immediately got together and blocked the roads.”

Many of these roadblocks remain: mounds of stones, tires and scrap wood piled up in the streets, ready to be set on fire.

Mateo Cruz, who rents a room for himself and his two children in the settlement, shows the angry bruise on his thigh where he says he was hit by a police tear gas canister.

“They came and said we had to go out and take our stuff with us,” Cruz said of the July 27 eviction attempt. The land where he lives is directly under a new four-story condominium building.

“What were they thinking, throwing tear gas among so many people? said Cruz.

Montes de Oca says officials plan to relocate the squatters: “We will offer them land away from this area, provided by the state government. … Businessmen will bring money to build houses.

“This will push 70% of these people to leave voluntarily, with the certainty of having decent housing,” said Montes de Oca. Asked what would be done with the remaining 30%, he replied: “Other means will be applied”.

León Méndez rejects such an offer.

“We are not going to allow them to continue selling the land to foreigners while they send us locals, who have lived in Quintana Roo for 15, 20 or 30 years, living 20 kilometers (12 miles) away in the woods. “, did he declare. said. “It’s not negotiable.”

Considering the cost of taxis and tourist-oriented bus routes, the journey from a new settlement could cost workers a quarter of their daily wages.

But officials have another argument.

Street-level drug trafficking is the source of many murders in the October 2 Camp, just like in the rest of Tulum. In October, two tourists – one an Indian-born Californian travel blogger and the other German – were caught in the apparent crossfire of rival drug dealers and killed at a restaurant along Tulum’s main avenue. .

Lucio Hernández, the state police chief, said government security cameras detected that many drug dealers in Tulum were using the squatters’ camp as a hideout.

Squatter leader Rafael Hernández Juárez acknowledges that the area has become more violent, with drug deals and murders occurring from time to time.

“We try not to meddle with them,” the affable former tourist shuttle driver said, noting that it would be dangerous for him to report drug dealers.

Victor Reyes, a Tulum resident who works in real estate, estimates that about 70% of condominium investment comes from foreign developers, and condos are priced in dollars “because they have to recoup their investment in dollars. “.

It reflects the suspicions that some residents have about the squatters. “Their groups have become mafias,” Reyes said. “These organizations bring people together (…) and use women and children as cannon fodder” to avoid deportation. “They won the lottery” by squatting such valuable land, he says.

The squatters are obviously a political group – currently aligned with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s Morena party – and in a sense many see their humble shacks as lottery winners.

Many have built second sets of rooms and rent out their original cabins to locals. Some squatters sold their spacious 10 by 20 meter plots for $8,000 to $12,000. Apparently, all invest the money they have in the construction of rooms – sometimes brick, sometimes wood – in a gradual way, as they save enough for materials.

But none have running water or sewer hookups, though condos built in the same camp all have them; some condos even have swimming pools. The squatters rig their electrical connections and make do with primitive wells and septic tanks drilled into the rocky ground, the combination of which is problematic.

For the vast majority of squatters, even though they live in expensive real estate, daily life remains a struggle.

Lenin Solís Vega, a construction worker, builds his own house one block of cement at a time. He has been evicted twice from previous lots in the settlement – ​​one of them 20 meters from his current home and where a new condominium is to be built.

“Now they say, ‘Why are you building?’ and they want to deport us,” he said. “But how? We are Mexicans and we have nothing.

Some of the squatters have even taken advantage of wealthier neighbors, who come to buy cheap meals for the residents.

Lorena, from the state of Campeche, has spent years cooking for tourists in hotels and restaurants where she was once forbidden to speak her native Mayan language. She asked that her last name not be used to avoid problems with the authorities.

And since she built her cabin out of wood and tarpaulin — she planted trees and built a goldfish pond out back — she’s been able to set up her own street food stall in front of her house.

She even learned to recite in English the menu of the “beef, chicken, pork” empanadas that she sells to tourists who walk around from the condos.

“All investors are welcome,” Lorena said, “but they can’t discriminate against or look down on us just because we’re poor.”

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In the Mexico City resort, squatters take a stand against developers https://mexico-virtual.com/in-the-mexico-city-resort-squatters-take-a-stand-against-developers-2/ Thu, 18 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://mexico-virtual.com/in-the-mexico-city-resort-squatters-take-a-stand-against-developers-2/ A phrase that reads in Spanish “SOS M. AMLO. We are under attack. Help!!!’ covers a street in the October 2 squatter colony in Tulum, Quintana Roo state, Mexico, Thursday, August 4, 2022. The message was written by the squatters, addressed to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador after local officials tried to evict them […]]]>

A phrase that reads in Spanish “SOS M. AMLO. We are under attack. Help!!!’ covers a street in the October 2 squatter colony in Tulum, Quintana Roo state, Mexico, Thursday, August 4, 2022. The message was written by the squatters, addressed to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador after local officials tried to evict them from a stretch of public land that was sold by city officials to largely foreign developers.(AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

By MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press

TULUM, Mexico (AP) — Unchecked development has hit this once laid-back beach town on Mexico’s Caribbean coast so hard that developers are now eager, even desperate, to build condominiums and hotels in a slum.

As police try to evict squatters so towering condos can be built next to wooden and tar paper shacks, locals are fighting back, saying they’re tired of foreign investors excluding local people from their homes. own coast.

In the latest clash on July 27, police accompanying a backhoe fired tear gas and attempted to topple the homes of some squatters in the shade of a new balcony condominium building. The attempt ended when the wind blew the gas back onto the officers, who retreated under a hail of rocks.

The contrast between rich and poor is striking. Shiny white four-story condos with vaguely Mayan-sounding names and English slogans like “Live in the Luscious Jungle” and “An immersive spiritual experience” stand next to shacks made of poles, packing crates, tarpaulins and sheet metal roofs.

On a coast where uncontrolled resort development has already closed off most public access to beaches – there are only a few public access points on the 80-mile stretch known as the Riviera Maya – residents of squatter camp may have reason to wonder if poorer Mexicans will be allowed here at all.

Quintana Roo state officials have pledged to relocate or evict approximately 12,000 residents of the 340-acre October 2 Settlement. It was founded in 2016 on very valuable, formerly public land a few blocks from the town’s main street and about a mile and a half from the shore.

Such land invasions are common throughout Mexico. Many are quickly eradicated. But others are gradually integrating into their cities. Up to 250,000 people are thought to live in squatter communities on the outskirts of Cancún.

Officials say the “invaders” have created a semi-lawless enclave that has worsened Tulum’s reputation for growing violence and threatened the vital tourism industry.

Squatter leader Jose Antonio León Méndez, a welder who has lived in Cancún and Tulum for about three decades, says he was tired of knowing he could never afford a home in increasingly crowded cities. strangers.

“How can a Mexican be an ‘invader’ in his own country? That does not make any sense. It’s like saying someone steals something that belongs to them,” said León Méndez. “These people are not thieves. They are the workforce of Tulum.

“We don’t have any personal problems with foreigners, but they must respect our rights,” he said, adding that October 2 represents a final battle for Mexicans who are being deported from their own coast.

The settlement is part of a larger 500-acre stretch of public land that was sold by city officials to largely foreign developers in the 2000s.

Condos on the edge of the camp – and some well inside – now sell for between $100,000 and $150,000 and are advertised in US dollars, as are entrance fees at many resorts. Around Tulum, $20 a day is considered a good wage. So it would take decades of wages for the average Mexican worker to buy one.

Quintana Roo’s attorney general, Oscar Montes de Oca, vows to evict the squatters. “We even have the eviction orders from the court,” Montes de Oca said. “It’s just that every time we tried, they all immediately got together and blocked the roads.”

Many of these roadblocks remain: mounds of stones, tires and scrap wood piled up in the streets, ready to be set on fire.

Mateo Cruz, who rents a room for himself and his two children in the settlement, shows the angry bruise on his thigh where he says he was hit by a police tear gas canister.

“They came and said we had to go out and take our stuff with us,” Cruz said of the July 27 eviction attempt. The land where he lives is directly under a new four-story condominium building.

“What were they thinking, throwing tear gas among so many people? said Cruz.

Montes de Oca says officials plan to relocate the squatters. “We are going to offer them land away from this area, provided by the state government,” he said. “Businessmen will bring money to build houses.”

“It will push 70% of these people to leave voluntarily, with the certainty of having decent housing,” said Montes de Oca. Asked what would be done with the remaining 30%, he replied: “Other means will be applied”.

León Méndez rejects such an offer.

“We are not going to allow them to continue selling the land to foreigners while they send us locals, who have lived in Quintana Roo for 15, 20 or 30 years, living 20 kilometers (12 miles) away in the woods. “, he said. “It’s not negotiable.”

Considering the cost of taxis and tourist bus routes, the journey from a new settlement could cost workers a quarter of their daily wages.

But officials have another argument.

Street-level drug trafficking is the source of many murders in the October 2 Camp, just like in the rest of Tulum. In October, two tourists, one an Indian-born Californian travel blogger and the other German, were caught in the crossfire of rival drug dealers and killed in a restaurant on Tulum’s main avenue.

Lucio Hernández, the state police chief, said government security cameras detected that many drug dealers in Tulum were using the squatters’ camp as a hideout.

Squatter leader Rafael Hernández Juárez acknowledges that the area has become more violent, with drug deals and murders occurring from time to time.

“We try not to meddle with them,” the affable former tourist shuttle driver said, noting that it would be dangerous for him to report drug dealers.

Victor Reyes, a Tulum resident who works in real estate, estimates that about 70% of condominium investment comes from foreign developers, and condos are priced in dollars “because they have to recoup their investment in dollars.” “.

It reflects the suspicions that some residents have about the squatters. “Their groups have become mafias,” Reyes said. “These organizations bring people together…and use women and children as cannon fodder” to avoid deportation. “They won the lottery” by squatting such valuable land, he says.

The squatters are obviously a political group – currently aligned with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s Morena party – and in a sense many see their humble shacks as lottery winners.

Many have built second sets of rooms and rent out their original cabins to locals. Some squatters sold their spacious 10 by 20 meter plots for $8,000 to $12,000. Apparently, they invest all the money they have in building rooms – sometimes brick, sometimes wood – gradually, as they save enough for materials.

But none have running water or sewer hookups, though condos built in the same camp all have them – some of the condos even have pools. The squatters rig their electrical connections and make do with primitive wells and septic tanks drilled into the rocky ground, the combination of which is problematic.

For the vast majority of squatters, even though they live in expensive real estate, daily life remains a struggle.

Lenin Solís Vega, a construction worker, builds his own house one block of cement at a time. He has been evicted twice from previous lots in the settlement, one of which is 20 yards from his current home and where a new condominium is to be built.

“Now they say, ‘Why are you building?’ and they want to deport us,” he said. “But how? We are Mexicans and we have nothing.

Some of the squatters have even taken advantage of wealthier neighbors, who come to buy cheap meals for the residents.

Lorena, from the state of Campeche, has spent years cooking for tourists in hotels and restaurants where she was once forbidden to speak her native Mayan language. She asked that her last name not be used to avoid problems with the authorities.

And since she built her cabin out of wood and tarp – she planted trees and built a goldfish pond out back – she was able to set up her own street food stand in front of her house.

She even learned to recite in English the menu of the “beef, chicken, pork” empanadas that she sells to tourists who walk around from the condos.

“All investors are welcome,” Lorena said, “but they can’t discriminate against or look down on us just because we’re poor.”

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