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Escrito por ZihuaRob desde ( el día sábado, 15 de diciembre, 2007 a las 11:05:47 horas :

En respuesta a: Unanswered Questions escrito por Craig Scheiner desde ( el día viernes, 14 de diciembre, 2007 a las 23:34:39 horas :

Some squatters have received titles but most haven't, though many have been promised land titles. Don't forget that next year is an election year!

Before the squatters took the land it was technically owned by the municipio but zoned as a protected ecological zone, a condition we were thoroughly overjoyed with. It was not land that was for sale to anyone with money. Not only have we lost the green belt of our ecological zone but now from the erosion the downtown area floods with mud and feces every time it rains, and we already know the effect on the bay.

Much of that land had previously been expropriated by the city or by FIBAZI or FONATUR, yet not all of the ejiditarios from which the land was expropriated over 30 years ago have been compensated for their loss. That is another ongoing problem that adds to the chaotic mess.

Yes, the ones with title are technically land owners. Though we don't know who they are indebted to or what behind-the-scenes deals were made, so they may not own the land for very long. The law was changed (against the will of the taxpaying voters) to accommodate these land thefts and cover up the tracks of the unscrupulous and corrupt public servants. It should be reverted to its previous state if we are serious about saving Zihuatanejo's bay and becoming a "first-world" community. Otherwise we are simply imitating the mistakes of Acapulco and will NEVER be able resolve our problems.

They are not following anything other than a corrupt process to steal lands. It is not a legal process. They know they can steal lands with impunity because political parties will "take them under their wing" so to speak and protect them in exchange for votes. The process of regularization of land would normally apply to land already zoned for urbanization, not ecologically zoned land. Laws are being ignored, twisted and manipulated. It is very corrupt but it is how things have been done in Mexico for decades. Time for a change, doncha think?

Our quarrel is as much with our completely unresponsive and unscrupulous politicians and public servants as well as with the unscrupulous people seeking to benefit from their corruption. The difference between scrupulous and unscrupulous is the difference between the good people of Zihuatanejo who could have stolen those ecological zones but didn't and the outsiders that are being brought here by political leaders. I know many people who have been offered land parcels if they'll play the corruption game with its system of kickbacks and sold votes. All of them turned the offers down because they are honest people of good principles. Though they may be just as poor as the squatters, they consider themselves honest while they consider the squatters dishonest.

Hope that answers some of your questions.

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