Mexico: Despite irregularities in the “Mayan Train” consultation, President insists project will move forward
On the 14th and 15th December 2019, the Mexican government undertook two consultations in the five states of the Yucatan peninsula with regards to the proposed “Mayan Train” project. Although different authorities confirmed the success of the consultation with a participation of 75% of the indigenous communities, various irregularities were registered.
These included a low real participation rate (2.86% of the electoral population), the supposed pressure exerted on voters to vote in favour, the lack of information about the touristic projects that will accompany the train and the manipulation of indigenous participation promising social benefits in exchange for a vote in favour. After the consultation, a territory defender reported death threats related to his work in defence of human rights on the peninsula.