October 25, 2004

When a Mile is too Short

Here's a unique WM protest--perform ancient tribal ceremonies on a sacred site one mile away from the store being constructed:

TEOTIHUACAN, State of Mexico More than 300 demonstrators streamed into the ancient ruins of Teotihuacan on Sunday and climbed part way up the towering Pyramid of the Sun...

Lugging huge banners and waving signs decrying WalMart and other international corporations, protesters who had chosen to stay out of the national park during previous demonstrations surprised tourists and visitors by setting up near the ruins' tallest pyramid.

Many on hand wore traditional Aztec headdresses and danced to a steady drum beat. Others handed out fliers, sang songs, chanted, or hung banners from trees, brush and smaller ruin structures...

Though almost a mile (1.6 kilometers) from the national park, the store site can be seen from the top of the Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon, as well as from the summits of most of Teotihuacan's tallest structures. But so can other commercial developments built in the community nearby.

Many local residents support the idea of a discount retailer in the area, saying it will create jobs and bring lower prices.

Archaeologists said that so far, only minor cultural remains have been found at the store site.

In earlier years, Mexico also has seen campaigns to ease development at other notable sites such as the Mayan ruins of Tulum and remains of the preTeotihuacan culture of Cuicuilco in Mexico City.

So they hate WM for being WM. Typical.

Posted by Kevin on October, 25 2004 at 11:45 AM