Mountains of Cabras in Danger
“The sale will be a crime because those who buy are never interested in the ecological problems. All they want is possession of cheap land to sell it later for millions of pesos.” –Adela Monzón
By Jesús Aguado
The majority of the ejidatarios (owners of the land) from Cabras are in agreement to sell at least 200 hectares of land in a mountainous part of Los Picachos. The sale would cause environmental and ecological damage in the area.
The ejido, land belonging to people who received it after the revolution, is made up of 32 ejidatarios, and more than half of the members want to sell the common property. Adela Monzón, who represents her father’s interests, commented that in that area, there are rock paintings that have been destroyed. Furthermore, if the land is sold, the flora and fauna could also be damaged.
On Thursday, March 17, the ejidatarios held a meeting to determine whether or not they would sell the property. However, it takes only negative one vote to stop the sale, and the person who is against the sale is Adela’s father. For that reason, the meeting was cancelled until new notice is given.
“We were born here, we grew up here, and now that it is beautiful, everybody wants to buy. It is sad that they just want to come to destroy our environment. We do have microsystems, and we cannot play with that. We do not even have enough water,” said Monzón.
Her father told Atención that his children have found other rock paintings in the upper part of the mountain that others want to sell. “One of them looks like a map, and the others are just little animals,” said Don Monzón.
Señora Adela said in addition that until now, those who are promoting the sale have told them who is buying, but they have given neither the projects nor the price. She blamed ejidatarios Policarpo Cázares, Florencio Cázares, and Alejandro Elías, who have not granted interviews. “They are convincing everybody to sell,” said Adela.
An Ongoing Conflict
The problem in the community of Cabras exploded in 2008 when the same Adela Monzón announced that the ejidatarios wanted to sell 1200 hectares for the construction of a five star hotel as well as a golf camp to be constructed by Cordell Funding Mexicana.
At that time, even the mayor visited the residents to present them the proposal for selling their land for 20 pesos per square meter. Nothing occurred then.
Now, the conflict comes to the surface again, and Adela Monzón said not even regular citizens can do anything, only the ejidatarios. Monzón said that she will file criminal complaints and will ask for help from the local, state and federal government.
Patrolling by Police and the Army
To prevent disturbances, two police patrols and a vehicle from the army patrolled the zone during the meeting,
Juan Xidó, as the community is also known, is located on the road to Celaya. The entrance to the upper area was built with cobblestones by the local government in the past for an ecological tour which included a visit to the rock paintings. Currently, the conflicted area is closed.