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OPINION: Campaign against “Noise” in Mérida Centro could have an electoral purpose

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According to Luis Roberto Castrillon’s article on medium.com, the conflict generated by the loud volume of live music in bars and night entertainment centers in the Historic Center of Mérida sounds like an electoral melody.

Added to a confusing journalistic coverage of the subject, the result is a choral composition in which a well-orchestrated but disagreeable operetta tries to convince an audience that attends without really knowing what the song is about.

But the tune is not convincing enough. The history of good against bad, of bar owners against neighbors of the Historical Center has a weak argument.

The first fact to conisder is the timing of the protests: from December 2017, to the date. The coincidence between the electoral times and the resurgence of the complaints is too evident to be ruled out.

The pressure and responsibility to modify certain regulations falls on Mérida’s city council, as a soloist in front of the orchestra trying to play the whole symphony by itself.

The municipal administration must take responsibility for regulating the operation of all types of establishments in the city, including the Historic Center. However, it has been precisely during these electoral times when coincidentally more demands have come up.

The demand has not only come from the residents of Centro, but also from the State Congress. In the Yucatecan legislature the Green Ecologist Party reporesentative, Enrique Guillermo Febles Bauza, presented an agreement that was approved and later published in the Official Gazette of the State of Yucatan on April 11, in which he exhorts that the City Hall and the State Health Secretariat to carry out the necessary actions to modify the regulatory framework regarding the opening and operation of “bars, nightclubs, pubs, among others” in the residential and hotel areas located within the perimeter of protection of the Historic Center of Mérida, and to regulate the activity of these recreational places.

But why now?

You don’t have to be a historian or chronicler of Mérida to know that the revival of the Historic Center started more than ten years ago, that the arrival of inhabitants from other parts of the country to settle in the area and the emergence of bars and entertainment centers is nothing new, it has been going on at least for the last five years.

Again: it sounds like an electoral melody operetta. It sounds like an attack to a municipal administration which leader decided to run for state governor.  That’s why some people say that this is a negative campaign against Mauricio Vila Dosal, now mayor with license and candidate of the PAN and Citizen Movement to the governorship of Yucatan.

The whole thing is beginning to acquire a “political – electoral” tone…And in the middle of this plot, the residents of the Historic Center could be used without knowing it, to achieve Machiavellian ends.

TYT Newsroom with information from LUIS ROBERTO CASTRILLON’s article on  medium.com

DISCLAIMER: The opinions hereby are those of the author and medium.com, and not necessarily those of The Yucatan Times.


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