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MEXICO CITY -- An Indian group that had threatened to cut
off water supplies to Mexico City was filled with the spirit of
cooperation after officials promised them Christmas trees as part of
a package aimed at ending their protests.
Since September, a group of Mazahua Indians from the state of
Mexico has been protesting damage caused to their land just west of
the city by dams created to help supply water to Mexico's capital.
The Mazahuas -- led by a group of Indian women bearing ersatz
wooden rifles -- blocked chlorine shipments for water purification
plants and briefly declared themselves in rebellion.
Federal environmental officials said the Mazahuas had agreed to
accept reforestation aid, including seedlings for thousands of
Christmas trees, as a partial settlement for ending the protests.
Christmas trees have become increasingly popular in Mexico, where
nativity scenes were once the main Yuletide decoration. But Mexico
must import a large part of its trees from the United States and
Given their proximity to the country's largest market for trees
and the area's cool, high-mountain climate, the trees should
represent an additional source of income for the communities. Other
projects would include timber harvesting and fruit trees.
Other federal agencies have promised water treatment plants and
other development projects for the impoverished area.
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