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    Background: How did we get here?
    Previously reported on SMAFAQ as a part of Brief News and Views or Upcoming Activities and Events.

    August 18
    Mayor proposes to merchants construction of an arcade on Guadalupe Avenue
    Luis Alberto Villarreal presented the project for the construction of an Arcade (series of arches) at Avenida Guadalupe, for which the sidewalks will be expanded and the central ridge will be eliminated. ...

    This work contemplates the extension of the two sidewalks that are located in the Guadalupe Avenida of the section of San Rafael street to Insurgentes, with the placement of San Luis cobblestone [update: another translation is paving stone], as well as the extension of the vehicular stream with the hydraulic cement location; the existing central ridge will be demolished to allow greater vehicular fluidity with designated parking places and the construction of the Arcade, with a length of 220 meters from the stretch of San Rafael street to Insurgentes street.
    Mayor proposes to merchants construction of an arcade on Guadalupe Avenue (sp).

    September 14
    The Natural Cost of Beautifying Avenida Guadalupe
    Some residents are raising objections to the city’s plans to replace the decades-old shade trees on Avenida Guadalupe as part of a major reconstruction plan that will significantly alter the appearance of that section of the avenue as well as the large makeshift vendor market stationed there. In the street’s raised median ...
    The Natural Cost of Beautifying Avenida Guadalupe.

    October 3
    The Arcade of Guadalupe Avenue, the goodbye to the trees and the 'cooperacha' that the tenants ask for

    Derived from the application of the “Maintenance and conservation of streets” program that runs the infrastructure and public works management, Guadalupe Avenue will have partial closure of streets from September 21.
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    Problems finding the new urban and suburban route in the San Juan De Dios area? Check this out:
    Did you return to work Monday and realize that in the area of San Juan De Dios there are a lot of closed streets and others with opposite directions? Well, the rehabilitation work started on Guadalupe Avenue, so ...
    Problems finding the new urban and suburban route in the San Juan De Dios area? Check this out: (sp).

    As part of the dignification of this area, this Saturday, September 21 will begin the rehabilitation work of the stamped concrete pavement on Guadalupe Avenue, from the section that goes from the Station Road to the Avenue Independence.

    For this reason, there will be total closure of the section that goes from Calzada de la Estación to San Rafael street and the section of Antonio Villanueva to Insurgentes, during the first stage of this action.
    Rehabilitation Work In Avenida Guadalupe Begins (sp).

    Among Arches, wide sidewalks, plants, "transplanted" trees and "voluntary" cooperations to tenants is how the Arcade of Guadalupe Street is planned to be done in #SanMigueldeAllende
    For next September 16, the San Miguel de Allende Works Directorate will begin the rehabilitation works with stamped concrete pavement and the construction of arches on Guadalupe Avenue, just next to the San Juan De Dios market ...
    The Arcade of Guadalupe Avenue, the goodbye to the trees and the 'cooperacha' that the tenants ask for (sp).

    October 9
    The trees of Av Guadalupe leave
    #SEVAN @GobSMA confirms that Guadalupe Avenue trees will be removed from the area to remove the ridge where they rest; they need space to place concrete and the arcade they project; they will invest $8 thousand in each transplant.
    The municipality announced through a statement that according to the study and in response to dozens of proposals received by inhabitants of different colonies, neighborhoods ..., the parks and the areas where Guadalupe Avenue trees could be located and the total number of specimens that could be transplanted in these areas (were identified).

    He said that so far the following locations that would allow receiving up to 8 copies are listed...
    The trees of Av Guadalupe leave (sp).
    The 33 trees that the members of Salvemos 41 Árboles have been defending for 3 weeks, leave the avenue. The constant protests, petitions, vigilance and manifestations of characters and environmentalists who requested that the project adapt to the trees and not the trees to the project, were rejected ...
    33 trees of Guadalupe Avenue leave; will invest 8 thousand pesos in each one to transplant them (sp).
    San Miguel de Allende, Gto., October 8, 2019.- In response to the request of the inhabitants of various colonies, neighborhoods and communities that seek to adopt the 33 trees that remain on Guadalupe Avenue, the Municipal Government announces the location of the transplants

    In an unprecedented event in the history of San Miguel de Allende, the Municipal Government will carry out - for the first time - an action of this nature, which will imply a cost of 8 thousand pesos per copy.

    Before the start of the work that includes the rehabilitation with stamped concrete pavement and the construction of the arcade of Guadalupe Avenue, the removal of the vehicle ridge is necessary. However, in a professional manner a diagnosis of technique and procedure was prepared to correctly perform the transplant of the specimens.
    Defined Locations Of The 33 Trees Of The Guadeloupe Avenue That Will Be Transplanted (sp).

    October 14
    Thirteen Tree Protectors Arrested; Trees being Removed
    Tree transplant in #SanMigueldeAllende and the resistance of the activists their neighbors is early Monday.
    #SanMigueldeAllende they arrested 13 activists and citizens who protected @41Arboles for "particular resistance," said police director of San Miguel de Allende, Jorge Ignacio Luna.
    With violence they remove the first of the trees, between pulls they retired Protesters who protected tree # 2. Operator of retro excavator decided to leave the machine before the violence with which they are treating the Protesters.
    The municipality began to remove the trees that had been protected for more than 22 days by a group of environmentalists, and society in general.
    SMA: The 41 trees defenders are violently evicted and arrested on Calzada Guadalupe (sp).


    Special Report: The Trees, The Protestors, The City, Foreigners Detained
    Stories listed in the order published on October 14, 2019. Foreigners in Mexico should note the bolded text below at 2:33pm.

    6:55 am
    They prevent trees from being transplanted in SMA
    At 9:00 p.m., this Sunday, October 13, 2019, machinery of the company "Aegean environmental" entered with common excavators, to start the transplant to what Neighbors and protesters prevented begin with the work.
    They prevent trees from being transplanted in SMA (sp).

    8:42 am
    SMA: The 41 trees defenders are violently evicted and arrested on Calzada Guadalupe.

    8:54 am
    #TenemosQueHablar 13 activists arrested, 1 tree
    Good morning my dear and beloved readers! what a pleasure to have you here again, reading us and starting together this week so full of emotions and eventualities that midnight today they still had us in suspense and with the red eye, pending what ...
    #TenemosQueHablar 13 activists arrested, 1 tree (sp).

    9:07 am
    Government of San Miguel de Allende detains Movement activists Save 41 trees
    On Sunday and early Monday night several clashes were raised between the protesters of the Movement Save 41 trees and elements of the Municipal Police, fourteen leaders were surprised and arrested for "Resistance of individuals"

    At approximately 9 p.m., dozens of workers from the Aegean Environmental Company, hoppers and two retro excavators began arriving at Guadalupe Avenue.
    Government of San Miguel de Allende detains Movement activists Save 41 trees (sp).

    noon
    There are only 40 trees, they uprooted one
    Agitated night lived Sanmiguelenses in defense of 41 trees , the municipal authority and the company "Aegean environmental" uprooted a tree with luxury of violence. There are 13 detainees.

    It all started from 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 13, 2019 with the eviction of vehicles and the entry of backhoes, to Guadalupe Avenue , where around 300 neighbors and activists managed to retire, after slogans and dialogue with the company.
    There are only 40 trees, they uprooted one (sp).

    12:20 pm
    The Aegean Environmental company has already prepared the site where some of the trees of Av Guadalupe will be placed, it is in the middle of a field and next to it (there they cut down a tree and two nopales) in the Bellavista fractionation.

    1:41 pm
    They demand that they release the 13 protesters
    They call for a peaceful demonstration today (yesterday) at 1:00 p.m., in the city center, after the arrest of 13 citizens in the early hours of today that protected 41 trees. ...

    The meeting will be in the main garden of San Miguel de Allende at 1:00 pm today Monday October 14, 2019.
    They demand that they release the 13 protesters (sp).

    1:49 pm
    13 Activists Forcibly Removed and Arrested, Tree Removal Begins
    Early this morning, a dozen activists protecting the 41 trees on Calzada de Guadalupe were forcibly removed from the area and arrested by police. For more than 22 days, a sizeable group of activists and local citizens have been protecting the trees around the clock from being removed. The local government stated, three weeks ago, that the trees would be transplanted, though no location as to where had been announced. They announced plans to do construction on the street and would remove the trees to do so.
    13 Activists Forcibly Removed and Arrested, Tree Removal Begins.

    2:33 pm
    City Statement: The works of Guadalupe Avenue will continue in the next hours
    Before the start of the transplant works of the 33 trees located on Guadalupe Avenue, the Municipal Government reports the following:

    At approximately 9:00 PM on Sunday, October 13, the company EGEOS, responsible for the transplant, began executing the necessary actions to carry out the work, however, some protesters prevented it by arguing to seek an agreement. ...

    Given this series of actions that violate article 259 of the State Criminal Code, 12 people, 10 Mexicans and two foreigners (one German and one Colombian) were arrested, for transferring their right to the demonstration and employing physical violence opposing the authority exercise its functions of execution to a public work.

    One of the detainees, Raik N, did not prove his legal stay in the country, for which he will be made available to the National Migration Institute. In addition, he along with the Colombian woman violate Article 33 Constitutional that prohibits foreigners from meddling in the political affairs of the country. ...

    Before these acts, the work was suspended at dawn on Monday, October 14 and will be resumed as soon as the operating conditions allow.

    Yesterday the successful transplantation of a tree that was placed in the Park of the Mexiquito fractionation was achieved, which is in the optimal conditions for its growth and development.
    The works of Guadalupe Avenue will continue in the next hours (sp).

    2:44 pm
    Before the start of the transplant works of the 33 trees located on Guadalupe Avenue, the Municipal Government reports the following:

    4:00 pm
    @GobSMA He requested the presence of all the police to protect Guadalupe Avenue and continue removing the trees. Without technique and in a hurry work continues.

    6:36 pm
    This is one of the first trees that arrives in Mexiquito, we thank the neighbors for receiving this species from Guadalupe Avenue, we are sure that it will be well taken care of by the citizens of #SanMiguelDeLaGente

    8:24 pm
    So far, 3 trees have been removed in Guadalupe Guadalupe, one of which was lifeless, the Public Security elements withdrew from the place but remain in the @dif_sma Waiting for orders. This is how Avenue was this afternoon.

    10:37 pm
    12 of the 13 citizens who were arrested for caring for trees in San Miguel de Allende de @41Arboles after a long day on Monday, demonstrations, confrontations, etc ...

    10:39 pm
    They release activists who defended the trees; they have them sign a letter not to return to Guadalupe Avenue
    Free! The activists who were arrested early Monday morning on Guadalupe Avenue, in their fight to defend the 41 trees are free. His release is given under the condition of NOT returning to Guadalupe Avenue to demonstrate and accept that the trees are transplanted
    They release activists who defended the trees; they have them sign a letter not to return to Guadalupe Avenue (sp).

    11 pm
    Villarreal imprisons and criminalizes protest of environmentalists who sought to avoid woodland removal
    The environmental protest that defended a "transfer" 41 trees threatened by a public work in San Miguel de Allende, was repressed and criminalized by the government headed by the panist Luis Alberto Villarreal, whose office issued a statement justifying the arrest of 14 people for the alleged "carrying of weapons", in addition to emphasizing the presence of "foreigners" in the demonstration.

    The activists defend the trees threatened by a municipal rehabilitation work on Guadalupe Avenue, and under the charge of "private resistance" they were arrested midnight on Sunday, after the local government sent the public force to remove these people from instead, while workers tried to remove these trees, and about twenty police and other Civil Protection elements were used to defend the work.
    Villarreal imprisons and criminalizes protest of environmentalists who sought to avoid woodland removal (sp).

    11:02 pm
    Detained environmentalists released
    Tonight were released 12 of the 13 protesters arrested the first minutes of this October 14 in Guadalupe Avenue, with the condition of signing a letter where they accept the work of the municipal government.

    Shortly after 9 pm, 12 of the 13 activists detained while trying to protect the trees on Guadalupe Avenue were released.
    Detained environmentalists released (sp).

    11:17 pm
    Apparently our partners were released from @41Arboles after signing a commitment letter with the municipal government of #SanMigueldeAllende The exhibits will not interfere with the work and will be waiting for the trees to be relocated. We feel frustrated.

    11:42 pm
    City Statement: : Free 9 Detained By Work Obstruction In Avenida Guadalupe
    Nine of the protesters who were arrested by the municipal authorities after carrying out different acts of obstruction against the rehabilitation and improvement works of Guadalupe Avenue, were already released .

    This action was possible in terms of civic justice that favors mediation and conciliation when administrative offenses are committed.

    Those released are María Xóchitl Granados, Ariel Garibaldi, Esthela Calderón, Martín Chávez, Pedro Granados, Victoria Delgado, Eréndira Edith Muñoz, Carlos Heredia and Maribel Arciniega.

    In the case of the two foreign persons detained (one Colombian and one German), their legal status was left to the National Migration Institute, an entity that will be responsible for determining what is conducive.

    The release of the ten protesters occurs less than 24 hours after being sent to the separators, this as part of the interest of the local authorities to strengthen the dialogue to which he always showed disposition.

    One of the leaders of the 'Save the Trees' Movement, María de Lourdes Guerrero Castro, explained that it must be clear that violence is nowhere to be reached and that dialogue must be privileged first and foremost.

    “The message I want to give everyone is that we please calm down, that we wait for the transplants to be carried out and be vigilant (…) The police chief made an offer to donate a thousand small trees for us to raise In several places. We thank you as a movement, that we can continue our work from this new panorama that is to plant, in many places in the city, different types of trees to improve our environment. ”

    Likewise, Adolfo Cervantes Segura, another of the activists, stressed that they agreed among all and together with the authorities, to commit themselves so as not to hinder the work of this important work.

    "We have the desire that this important work be completed on time for the benefit, mainly of all the merchants in the area and for our city, we consider it so," he concluded.
    Free 9 Detained By Work Obstruction In Avenida Guadalupe (sp).

    11:48 pm
    Leader of the 'Save the Trees' Movement, María de Lourdes Guerrero Castro, explained "that violence is nowhere to be reached and that dialogue must be privileged above all." After the release of 9 detainees of Ave. Guadalupe. + information in ...
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