MEXICO CITY – Hundreds of people participated on Thursday in a demonstration in Mexico City to ask for help in rebuilding properties affected by the earthquake on Sept. 19 and to demand that the process not end up tarnished by corruption.
A month after the magnitude-7.1 earthquake hit central and southern Mexico, killing 369 people, protesters in Mexico City marched.
“Reconstruction without corruption,” “The money of the nation for the reconstruction” or “safe reconstruction” were among the slogans written on the signs held by the demonstrators, many of whom came to the event dressed in white.
Participants also called for transparency regarding the donations that the city has received from individuals, civil organizations and foreign governments.
“Where are they?” a banner asked about the millions of pesos allocated to the capital, both through these donations and those allocated by the Natural Disasters Trust Fund or the Natural Disasters Assistance Fund, the latter of the local government.
The Sept. 19 tremor caused 38 buildings to collapse in the area.
Numerous other buildings were seriously damaged, and according to preliminary figures from Mexico City’s construction safety institute, about 150 or 200 buildings will need to be demolished.
The measures announced by the federal and local authorities to help those affected were considered insufficient by the demonstrators, who claimed “we are victims, we will not be debtors.”
Among these measures, Mexico City’s mayor Miguel Angel Mancera announced that those who have suffered total or partial damage to their homes may request a grant of 3,000 pesos ($159.53) a month to help with their rental payments.