Merida, Yucatan — Under the watchful eye of a dozen state police officers, work began Monday on the future Museo de la Luz, the Museum of Light.
The police were there to quell any protests from the railroad workers’ baseball league, unhappy that their corner on Calle 50 and 43 has been given away.
Engineers, administrative staff and workers arrived around 9 in the morning to the displaced Víctor Flores Morales baseball field.
Supporters of the baseball league were there as well. They did not confront officials, but told the media that it was unfair to take away land that was part of the railroad system for more than 80 years. Every Sunday they met to play softball there, they said.
The property was under state control, but donated to UNAM through a 2018 decree signed by the previous administration.
The union reportedly rejected a new parcel of land that the state government thought could replace the original field, which is adjacent to the railway museum.
Construction workers fenced off the area and broke the locks to the existing baseball-field warehouse and bathrooms, according to Diario de Yucatan. They then placed a sign along the road announcing the museum project.
The project by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mérida mirrors a similar museum in Mexico City. The original Museo de la Luz has operated 22 years in the nation’s capital.
In addition to multiple green areas, the Museum of Light will have six permanent exhibition areas, a temporary exhibition room, an experimental science and art laboratory, an area for workshops and offices and another for customer service.
The state’s legal advisor, Mauricio Tappan, said that the land use is consistent with the rule of law and makes a priority of all Yucatecans’ interests.
Sources: Diario de Yucatan, Punto Medio