The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City reports one construction death and addresses environmental concerns

The U.S. Embassy addresses construction incident, environmental efforts, and condemns journalist murders in Mexico during 2023.

Through a press release, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico announced that one worker died in construction and one more was injured while they were working on constructing their new building in Mexico City (CDMX). The U.S. Embassy in Mexico expressed solidarity with the family of the person who unfortunately lost his life. In their communiqué, they stated:

“We join in the sadness that overwhelms his loved ones in the face of this loss. We also hope for a speedy recovery of the injured worker,” the authorities said in Spanish on Twitter.

It is worth noting that the U.S. Embassy in Mexico is constructing a new building to replace the current one, relocating to the area known as Nuevo Polanco. For this construction, the Government of the CDMX authorized the removal of 114 trees. Thanks to the environmental impact generated by the construction of the new U.S. embassy, Mexico City authorities reached an agreement with the U.S. government to implement mitigation actions. This includes the planting of 436 new trees.

In addition, the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Ken Salazar, revealed another mitigation measure: constructing a park near Casa de la Moneda Street. Here, more trees will be planted in addition to the aforementioned 436. The construction of the new U.S. Embassy in Mexico is set to require an investment of 1 billion dollars and will generate more than 1,100 direct jobs.

One more worker was injured.
One more worker was injured.

The U.S. embassy in Mexico lamented the murder of two activists in Guerrero

On July 16 and 17, 2023, two significant figures, Guerrero activist Ulises Nava and Guerrero journalist Nelson Matus, were tragically murdered in different parts of the country. The deaths sparked widespread outrage, leading the U.S. Embassy in Mexico to release a statement on the situation.

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Through its official X account, previously known as Twitter, the U.S. government office in the country expressed its condolences over the murder of the two individuals who had worked in defense of freedom of expression. The statement read:

“Dismayed by the situation faced by activists and journalists. On Saturday, journalist Nelson Matus and LGBTI+ activist Ulises Nava, both from Guerrero, were murdered. Our solidarity with their friends and families. It is fundamental to protect and respect Human Rights and Freedom of Expression.”

In the wake of these events, it’s crucial to remember that the threat to journalists in the region remains severe. Days before the murder of Nelson Matus, journalist Luis Martin Sanchez, an employee at La Jornada media in the state of Nayarit, suffered a similar tragic end. According to Human Rights Watch, a total of seven journalists have been murdered in the year 2023 alone.

Lastly, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, in collaboration with CDMX authorities, is making every effort to ensure the safety and welfare of all involved in the embassy’s construction, especially after the recent unfortunate accident. They are continuing to provide all necessary facilities in view of the accident that led to the loss of a worker’s life.