The huge screen is all set up in the Zocalo for the city´s football fans to watch the game on Friday between Mexico and South Africa, as the World Cup gets underway. And it´ll stay there for the duration of the World Cup, showing matches to anyone who wants to stop and take in a few minutes.
There appears to be just one problem. The protesting Luz y Fuerza (the electricity company that President Calderon closed down months ago) workers have occupied most of the square with a tent city. Some are on hunger strike, some have opened little tent shops, all of them are periodically chanting slogans – none of them appears intent on moving along to make way for the footy fans who want to watch the game.
I had little sympathy for the employees of one of Mexico´s most corrupt companies before. But I had little animosity either. If they disturb my viewing of the World Cup, however…well let their damnable souls burn in Hades forever! No one messes with my football entertainment and gets away with it. Even if the only consequence are some harshly worded, but inaudibly mouthed, curses.
The screen looks good though. It´s been set up so that the sun is behind it, which´ll hopefully mean no glare. And does one of those trucks have 3D emblazoned on it? Indeed it did….but I suspect that such a viewing treat is just wishful thinking on my part. Anyway, two days to go. I shall be in the Zocalo on Friday morning. Question is, will the protesters? And if not, just how messy will it be removing them?