Outrage as indigenous burial sites are blown up for US-Mexico border wall

Border wall construction at the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Credit: Laiken Jordahl

ACTIVISTS have condemned US President Donald Trump after indigenous burial sites have been blown up by construction crews who are currently building the US-Mexico border wall. 

Authorities have confirmed that “controlled blasting” has commenced at an area surrounding the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona, declared as a protected heritage site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

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US officials claim that the aim of the project is to construct a 30ft-tall steel barrier that runs 43 miles along the national park to halt immigrants from crossing the border – an act which has been slammed by the international community as ‘sacrilegious.’

Border-fence construction at a mountain in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Credit: Carolyn Van Houten.

It has been reported that contractors working for the Trump administration are now blowing apart mountains on a protected site considered to be one of the nation’s great ecological treasures and which holds profound importance to Native American tribes.

Raul Grijalva, the chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, toured the burial sites which contains artefacts dating back 10,000 years and is the place of rest for warriors from the Apache tribe. Grijalva confirmed on his visit that they were completely destroyed, being blasted with dynamite.

Tribal chairman Ned Norris Jr also condemned the actions of Donald Trump, stating that it is “society’s obligation protect our ancestors.”  Presentational white space

An internal report from the National Park Service predicted that the border wall, promised during Mr Trump’s 2015 campaign would destroy up to 22 important archeological sites within the Organ Pipe.


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