The countdown is getting nearer and nearer to zero. I remember photographing the official countdown clock in the picture below when it still read six hundred and something. Preparations are well under way. To my huge surprise, the Luz protesters have all gone. Voluntarily or at the end of a truncheon, I do not know! But it’s nice to see the Zocalo empty again. Or emptyish. It’s been a while.
The decorations are going up on the buildings too. Only one side of the Zocalo is covered so far, but I noticed trucks laden with glittery stuff pulling up as I left. The whole area is also absolutely swamped with Federal Police, many with full riot gear on. An early security measure to stop any narco atrocity on the big day? Or just to prevent the protesters returning? Again, I do not know. I’m failing y’all today.
The Bicentenario celebrations are imminent, but they’re not wholly appreciated. There’s many people who feel thatthe country has bigger problems and pressing cases for government expenditure that the mass of projects to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mexican independence, the importance of which they also question. But at the same time, most people I meet are in favour of a shin dig. The question being how much it should cost.
Myself? Let’s party! Sure, but keep the spending within reason. Let’s not leave the country paying off the party for the next 200 years…