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Mexico Raids Building Project Next To Teotihuacán Pyramids

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Construction of a private building project is seen on the outskirts of Teotihuacan, just north of Mexico City, Wednesday, May 26, 2021. The Mexican government said Tuesday that the project is destroying part of the outskirts of the pre-Hispanic ruin site and has repeatedly issued stop-work orders since March but the building crews have ignored them. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

(AP) — Mexico has sent in 250 National Guard troops and 60 police officers to seize a plot of land next to the pre-Hispanic ruins of Teotihuacan where authorities say bulldozers were destroying outlying parts of the archeological site.

Archaeological officials reported last week that they had been trying since March to halt the private construction project, but work continued. Local media say the landowners were trying to build some sort of amusement park.

On Monday, the National Guard helped authorities put up seizure notices. That allows prosecutors to take control of the plot while those responsible for the work are investigated for criminal charges of “irreparably damaging” the national heritage.

 

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