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Warrior
Sep 14th, 2004, 03:46 PM
Wal-Mart at Mexico Ruins Sparks Protest




TEOTIHUACAN, Mexico (Reuters) - Burning incense and sounding a conch shell horn, residents of an ancient Mexican city protested on Saturday at the construction of a Wal-Mart store on the edge of the ruins.

The sprawling warehouse-style Bodega Aurrera, a unit of Wal-Mart in Mexico, is due to open in December in Teotihuacan, a major archeological site outside Mexico City.

Opponents say it will ruin a way of life that dates back centuries and have taken legal action to stop it, in a fight that gives a grand dimension to the classic battle between big business and small-town values.

"What they are doing in Teotihuacan is destroying Mexico's deepest roots for short-term interests like lower prices," local teacher Emanuel D'Herrera told about a dozen protesters outside Teotihuacan's town hall. "This is the flag of conquest by global interests, the symbol of the destruction of our culture."

Other protesters bearing placards against the "gringo business" entered the town hall and pledged to stay there until the mayor heard them out.


U.S.-based Wal-Mart, the world's biggest retailer, faces increasing opposition in the United States as it stretches beyond its rural roots and into urban areas. Voters in a Los Angeles suburb recently rejected a Wal-Mart supercenter, and other communities have passed ordinances blocking its so-called big-box stores.


The Teotihuacan construction site lies less than a mile from the gated tourist park housing the main ruins and is visible from atop the Pyramid of the Sun that has defined the skyline for 2,000 years.


UPHILL BATTLE


Local activists know they are fighting a steep uphill battle. Wal-Mart Mexico (WALMEXV.MX) has local and state approval for the store and construction is well under way.


"I support the store, it will save me time and money," said Camilo Olivas, a father of four who works for the federal electricity commission in Teotihuacan.


He drives 10 minutes every two weeks to shop at a Wal-Mart store in another town to find low prices.


But a handful of opponents say Wal-Mart will kill local family-owned enterprises and erode a lifestyle dating back centuries, while sucking income from locals.


They have filed a criminal complaint, charging authorities with acting illegally in approving the project. They filed a civil complaint on the same grounds and asked the nation's rights ombudsman to step in.


Amid rising controversy, Mexico's government this month said a small pre-Hispanic altar was found buried at the construction site. Plans call for preserving the small structure under plexiglass in what will be the store's parking lot.


"Mexico is one of the few places in the world where the seeds of culture and religion remain," said Tim Sikyea, or Lonely Eagle, a Dene Indian from the Northwest Territories in Canada who came to Teotihuacan this weekend for an annual ceremony with indigenous peoples from across the continent.


"When you have big business come in you lose touch with that culture."


No one knows for sure who founded the ancient seat of power and then abandoned it around 600 A.D. The Aztecs later came upon it and named it Teotihuacan (The Place Where Men Become Gods).





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alfajeffster
Sep 14th, 2004, 03:57 PM
Wal-Mart at Mexico Ruins Sparks Protest




TEOTIHUACAN, Mexico (Reuters) - Burning incense and sounding a conch shell horn, residents of an ancient Mexican city protested on Saturday at the construction of a Wal-Mart store on the edge of the ruins.

The sprawling warehouse-style Bodega Aurrera, a unit of Wal-Mart in Mexico, is due to open in December in Teotihuacan, a major archeological site outside Mexico City.

Opponents say it will ruin a way of life that dates back centuries and have taken legal action to stop it, in a fight that gives a grand dimension to the classic battle between big business and small-town values.

"What they are doing in Teotihuacan is destroying Mexico's deepest roots for short-term interests like lower prices," local teacher Emanuel D'Herrera told about a dozen protesters outside Teotihuacan's town hall. "This is the flag of conquest by global interests, the symbol of the destruction of our culture."

Other protesters bearing placards against the "gringo business" entered the town hall and pledged to stay there until the mayor heard them out.


U.S.-based Wal-Mart, the world's biggest retailer, faces increasing opposition in the United States as it stretches beyond its rural roots and into urban areas. Voters in a Los Angeles suburb recently rejected a Wal-Mart supercenter, and other communities have passed ordinances blocking its so-called big-box stores.


The Teotihuacan construction site lies less than a mile from the gated tourist park housing the main ruins and is visible from atop the Pyramid of the Sun that has defined the skyline for 2,000 years.


UPHILL BATTLE


Local activists know they are fighting a steep uphill battle. Wal-Mart Mexico (WALMEXV.MX) has local and state approval for the store and construction is well under way.


"I support the store, it will save me time and money," said Camilo Olivas, a father of four who works for the federal electricity commission in Teotihuacan.


He drives 10 minutes every two weeks to shop at a Wal-Mart store in another town to find low prices.


But a handful of opponents say Wal-Mart will kill local family-owned enterprises and erode a lifestyle dating back centuries, while sucking income from locals.


They have filed a criminal complaint, charging authorities with acting illegally in approving the project. They filed a civil complaint on the same grounds and asked the nation's rights ombudsman to step in.


Amid rising controversy, Mexico's government this month said a small pre-Hispanic altar was found buried at the construction site. Plans call for preserving the small structure under plexiglass in what will be the store's parking lot.


"Mexico is one of the few places in the world where the seeds of culture and religion remain," said Tim Sikyea, or Lonely Eagle, a Dene Indian from the Northwest Territories in Canada who came to Teotihuacan this weekend for an annual ceremony with indigenous peoples from across the continent.


"When you have big business come in you lose touch with that culture."


No one knows for sure who founded the ancient seat of power and then abandoned it around 600 A.D. The Aztecs later came upon it and named it Teotihuacan (The Place Where Men Become Gods).





© Copyright Reuters Ltd. All rights reserved. The information contained In this news report may not be published, broadcast or otherwise distributed without the prior written authority of Reuters Ltd.

Thank you for bringing this news to our attention. It is much needed and very much appreciated. What would you suggest for people to do in order to help this situation?

Bacardi
Sep 14th, 2004, 05:41 PM
Walmart is about to begin construction on a store in my county as well. In a field, something about they are drilling it right now to test the ground. Before you know it, Walmart's going to rule the world. There is already no stopping them.

decemberlove
Sep 14th, 2004, 05:53 PM
i've always known walmart was evil.

i never knew they would go so far as to ruin the beauty of teotihuacan...

Helen Lawson
Sep 14th, 2004, 05:55 PM
Am I missing something? I have been to a Wal-Mart maybe twice in my whole life. I got some Christmas-tree lights once. The other time, I don't remember, but Home Depot, Costco, and the grocery store near me usually are all I need. I buy a lot of household stuff on-line from Amazon. The times I was there, it was like third-world hell inside. I don't get the popularity of these.

GBFH
Sep 14th, 2004, 06:39 PM
ugh. wal-mart is total WT.

the one in lewisville is nasty, grungy, and totally ghettoed out.

shop at target.

lakeway11
Sep 14th, 2004, 06:43 PM
ugh. wal-mart is total WT.

the one in lewisville is nasty, grungy, and totally ghettoed out.

shop at target.

well I do shop at Target...but here in Iowa the WalMart's are not that grungy due to reasons i'll leave to the imagination...

decemberlove
Sep 14th, 2004, 06:48 PM
ugh. wal-mart is total WT.

the one in lewisville is nasty, grungy, and totally ghettoed out.

shop at target.
the one in toms river is like that too. and it's mostly white trash or old people that shop at our walmart. the parking lot is a fucking death trap with all the old people driving.

target is much more cleaner and modern. they have the cutest things there...

Helen Lawson
Sep 14th, 2004, 06:55 PM
I don't get it with Target either. I bought a vacuum cleaner there once, and the thing was crap. Maybe it was because I bought the cheapest one. It's not third world hell like Wal-Mart, but I don't get it why people go there.

rand
Sep 15th, 2004, 06:57 AM
prepare for poltergaist...

Sam L
Sep 15th, 2004, 09:32 AM
Pathetic.

I Love Sharapova
Sep 15th, 2004, 02:49 PM
Just goes to show how rotten big businesses really are. They do not respect anything. :mad:

Infiniti2001
Sep 15th, 2004, 05:02 PM
Walmart is pure evil and the sooner America realizes this the better off we will be. They're forcing so many family/small businesses around the country out . Many communities are fighting back and winning, but who knows for how long since money really talks :rolleyes: It takes me about 10-20 minutes to get to one of 4 Walmarts here in SW Florida-- that's just pathetic :fiery:

Sally Struthers
Sep 15th, 2004, 05:05 PM
Sally hardly ever goes to Walmart unless it's the last resort. Last week I decided to go to walmart to look for something that another store was out of. This was a Saturday night. I was shocked to see how busy the place was when I pulled into the parking lot. I had to park near the end of the row lkike a mile away from the door. :fiery: When I got in I swear I have never seen as many trashy lowlife people in my life. And that's saying something having ben associated with Save the Children. I quickly turned around and left t he place when I saw lines backed up from the entrance to 3/4 of the way to the back of the store.