Opponents Shout Down Alamo Plan, say it Gives U.N. Control Over the Site

posted by Jim Forsyth - 

A number of opponents, activist groups, and members of the Texas Legislature gathered at the Cenotaph in front of the Alamo and pledged to fight that plan to 're-imagine' Alamo Plaza, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Texas General Land Office Commissioner George P. Bush has signed the letter of agreement to approve the master plan, which prompted State Rep. Kyle Biedermann (R-Fredericksburg) to threaten to scuttle the entire plan by withholding an estimated $100 million in state funding."

When the Legislative session begins in January, many legislators are ready to file a bill withholding state funds for the project, and to take control of the Alamo away from the G.L.O.," Biedermann said.

Speakers also called on San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg not to join Bush in signing the agreement.  San Antonio is set to lease Alamo Plaza to the state as part of the master plan.

Several people in the crowd suggested a lawsuit to stop the project.

"When we get into the session, we'll be writing bills, and bills are a lot stronger than going to court with a bunch of lawyers," he said.

The groups who oppose the plan for various reasons.  

Many chanted 'not one inch!' as they demanded that the 1930s era Cenotaph not be moved 500 feet to the south, as called for on the plan.

Others are upset about plans to close the streets, around the Alamo, expand Alamo Plaza, and potentially demolish the historic buildings on the west side of the Plaza.

And many, like Biedermann, are not pleased with a clause in the contract that would allow UNESCO, a United Nations agency, to exercise some control over Alamo Plaza.  The Alamo, along with the other Spanish Colonial Missions, were declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2016.

"As Texans, we should not allow an international body to impose on our most sacred of sites," Biedermann said.  "Texas has a proud independent history and we must never allow international actors to revise or sanitize our history."

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