Mexico’s scientists, activists and artists oppose president’s funding overhaul

A vote is expected on Tuesday on a proposal to abolish 109 public trusts and divert about $3b to other priorities such as the pandemic

Scientists, human rights defenders and artists in Mexico have warned that a plan to overhaul government funding structures threatens the future of activities as diverse as medical research, disaster response, film production and journalist protections in the country.

Mexico’s lower house of congress is expected to vote on Tuesday on a proposal to abolish 109 public trusts, diverting approximately $3b to other priorities such as the Covid-19 pandemic response.

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