Several hundred market vendors marched through the streets of downtown Merida Wednesday Oct. 14 and briefly confronted police in a tense standoff at the entrance to City Hall.
The march by vendors, whose estimated numbers ranged from 200 to more than 500, disrupted traffic as police struggled to control the situation.
The protest stemmed from a proposed increase in the fees the vendors are charged by City Hall to rent their spaces in Merida’s market places. As the day wore on, the vendors appeared to have obtained at least some of their demands when the City Council voted to lower their rents.
Carrying placards and banners, the protesters briefly confronted officers at the doors of City Hall, where a City Council meeting took place.
Shouting slogans denouncing Mayor Maurico Vila Dosal, the protesters tried to enter the building but were stopped by police. “Mauricio, we gave you our vote, and you gave us corrupt and inefficient officials,” they said.
Later, a committee representing the vendors was admitted. They alleged that a mafia operates inside the markets, which is headed by inspectors. “If you complain, they simply evict you,” said one vendor.
Sources: Diario de Yucatan, SIPSE
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