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Alcalde Castañeda chopping down trees in Chorrillos

Posted by Marco Antonio Mendoza Friday, August 7, 2009


On the wee early morning hours the City of Lima under mayor Castañeda's command came tiptoeing into the district of Chorrillos to cut down some 80 trees, while the inhabitant's of the neighborhoods slept.


With the roar of multiple chainsaws the locals were awakened to the horrific scene of their beloved trees being cut down in what could be described as an execution by chopping (well, more like precision cutting). Many of the trees that were decapitated had coexisted within the community for 30 years according to many sources. Many citizens of the city are outraged at what has been carried out by the mayor of Lima. The grim deed was carried out on blocks 11 and 18 of la avenida Paseo de la República


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The project to cut down some 80 trees was put into effect in order to make way for the continuation and expansion of Lima's proposed Metropolitano transit lane that will allow city registered buses to travel from Chorrillos to downtown Lima. The Metropolitano is a proposed plan that aims at working around and alleviating Lima's traffic congestion. The mayor having anticipated the aftermath of his actions hastidly proposed to plant 3000 trees in the area to make up for deaths of the 80 trees currently converted into bark mulch and sawdust.



Here is a link to RPP news website where they have a video ,


Living in Chorrillos I happened to be in the neighborhood when I snapped these photos. At the time these were taken the city had sent out a request to the PNP to send riot cops to guard the on-going development from angry citizens.

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