Keep away, French mayor begs Mayan Apocalypse fanatics

Mayor of Burgarach wants no more visitors seeking refuge from the end of the world

LAST UPDATED AT 15:57 ON Wed 19 Dec 2012

A FRENCH mayor has appealed to New Age fanatics, sightseers and media crews not to gather in the tiny French village of Burgarach, one of the places that is believed to be spared doom when the world supposedly ends this Friday, 21 December 2012.

“I am making an appeal to the world," said Mayor Jean-Pierre Delord."Do not come to Burgarach."  

The tiny village, south of Carcassonne in southwest France, has a population of only 200 residents, but this has increased rapidly in the past weeks due to visitors and journalists arriving in vast numbers.

Ludicrous rumours have been circulating, says the Daily Telegraph, one being that a nearby mountain, the Pic de Burgarach, will "open up" on the 21st, and aliens will emerge from spaceships to save everyone.  

Delord has not time for this nonsense idea and has ordered police to block access to the village from today. Roads leading to the mountain area will also be closed. At least 150 police officers will be on duty to ensure no more press and tourists enter.

Pic de Burgarach is believed to be one of the few sacred mountains spared from the Mayan apocalypse, in which – believers say - the world will end on 21 December,  the last day of the 5,125-year-old Mayan calendar.

Burgarach is not the only place to be affected by a media frenzy; tourists are flocking in droves to the central American region where the Mayans lived and all-inclusive excursions to Mayan religious sites across Central America and Mexico have been sold in recent weeks.

Nasa have repeatedly tried to quash the Mayan prophecy, releasing a video disproving the end-of-world hypothesis.  They say that the Mayans never specifically claimed that the world would meet its fate on the 21 December and their classification of time is not comparable to ours. · 

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