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Stop Wal-Mart From Building At Teotihuacan!

Wal-Mart inc. Plans to build a huge 7-1/2 acre Supercenter a 1/2 mile from the great ruins of the pyramids of Teotihuacan near Mexico City. The ruins include the awsome Pyramid of the Sun, the Pyramid of the moon and others in a city that dates back 2,000 + years and where as many as half-million people once lived as a Community. Allowing this construction to take place alongside one of the worlds most remarkable ancient treasures, would be to destroy Mexico's deepest roots in exchange for short-term interests like lower prices and investor bottom lines.

Wal-Mart's Response

Angry protestors who have written to Wal-Mart in opposition to their construction of a superstore near the ancient pyramids at Teotihuacan, Mexico, 18 miles from Mexico City, have received the following reply from the giant retailer:

"Thank you for taking the time to bring your concerns to our attention. The "Bodega" store being built in San Juan Teotihuacan has been properly certified by officials at all levels, including an archaeologist with the Mexican Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). We are not building "next to" the pyramids at Teotihuacan, but miles away. We have been awarded construction permits by federal, state and local agencies, and our project has the unanimous approval of the town council, the town mayor and neighborhood representatives chosen by the community. Construction is under the ongoing supervision of Veronica Ortega Cabrera, chief of the Technical and Legal Protection Department of Teotihuacan, located at the Teotihuacan archaeological site. Our construction is in an area designated for commercial buildings and residences, and hundreds are currently located there. The only opposition to our store has come from a small group of merchants who find competition unwelcome and are seeking to misrepresent our plans for their own interests."

The Truth

The truth is the construction site is only a half mile away from the ruins. And Whenever someone speaks out against Wal-Mart, as many residents of Teotihuacan have, they are labeled a "small group" of one sort or another by Wal-Mart, which apparently only represents it's own large interests, like their stockholders.

In the US, It's been estimated that one out of every three stores Wal-Mart tries to build faces community opposition. Hundreds of communities around the united states have organized, with towns from Turlock, California, to Peachtree City, Georgia, passing laws to exclude these superstores. There is always a Wal- Mart store opening somewhere, mostly Supercenters that occupy up to 200,000 square feet of retail space. Not counting parking lots.

As Bloomberg news Reports, "It just seems that Wal-Mart has total disregard for any community they go into". This has alot of people saying, "I'm not as sure I want to shop there anymore".

And beyond neighborhood issues, Wal-Mart has been drawing fire for other practices, including the treatment of its workers and its contribution to the outflow of U.S. jobs to Asia.

Wal-Mart Employment

Wal-Mart has a history of employee abuses. To (supposedly) protect against employee theft, many Wal-Mart store managers until recently kept the overnight workers locked in, unable to get emergency help quickly for injuries or sickness, the New York Times reported last month.

In addition, There have been stories and lawsuits alleging Wal-Mart managers force employees to work off the clock to avoid overtime pay. These issues, along with low wages and little or no benefits, encourages union organizing.

Then there is the matter of squeezing suppliers and contributing to the national trade deficit and the loss of U.S. jobs. As the world's No. 1 retailer bent on constantly lowering prices, Wal-Mart muscles its suppliers to drop their costs, pushing manufacturing jobs out of this country and into low-wage ones.

The Wrong Scale

In addition to all this, this store, if built, would be totally the wrong scale for this community, and of a style incompatible with the architecture in the area. Such overdevelopment could ruin the longer-term financial strength of the tourist trade there.

If this store opens, tourists will be able to visit the ruins at Teotihuacan, then stop by their local Wal-Mart to buy a cheap rubber reproduction of the Pyramid of the Sun---made in China, no less--and imported back by Wal-Mart. Are such cheap mementos worth the long journey?

And, How proud this would have made the Aztecs, who named this site "Teotihuacan", or "The Place Where Men Become Gods." A more appropriate name now might be, "The Place Where Men Become Shoppers."

Why Not build A Wal-Mart Store Next To The Great Pyramids of Egypt?

"This is the flag of conquest by global interests, the symbol of the destruction of our culture." Emanuel D'Herrera - local resident/teacher.

We the undersigned, believe that the ancient site at Teotihuacan represents the absolute pinnacle of architectural and scientific achievements by the Indigenous Peoples who built these structures, and that we, the direct descendants of those Peoples and our friends and supporters of this cause REJECT OUTRIGHT, Wal-Mart's construction at the Teotihuacan site and ask that all construction cease immediately!

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