A Parade and a Political Collision
By Jesús Aguado, photos by Jorge Isaac Pérez and the Public Relations Department of the Local Administration
The parade to celebrate the 248th anniversary of Ignacio Allende’s birth generated expectations. The civic and military event was held up after a demonstration took place that blocked it.
It was scheduled to leave from El Cardo at 11am and it did; however, a group of protestors blocked the way in front of Barrio La Aldea. On their knees, they sang the Mexican national anthem and asked for safety in the city as well as justice for Antonio Luna. Luna’s whose three children died during an operation of the Guanajuato General Attorney’s Office. That office has been blamed for the death of the children, but Luna is imprisoned. The dissidents decided minutes later to unblock the street and were going to protest in front of the old city hall building where the members of the city council and directors were waiting.
On the way to the city hall, the protest was dissolved by police officers. The protesters decided to block the parade again, and a second group made it to the city hall (Presidencia). When the dissidents reached the Presidencia, Mayor Ricardo Villarreal left the building. He and Claudia Luna (Antonio Luna’s relative) tried to talk with them. Luna thanked them for the support and tried to tell them that the family did not want more demonstrations. The group did not even listen to her, and the parade continued to be blocked.
Mayor Villarreal talked with the members of the press, saying that all those responsible for the demonstration were being paid to do it by political parties. He directly blamed former Mayor Mauricio Trejo (who later said that he had nothing to do with it) for being behind the scandal. After this, the protesters moved to the esplanade of the Jardín Principal, and the parade followed its path.
The parade featured planes from the Mexican Army, 200 soldiers with 16 vehicles, 33 rural police officers, eight police dogs, and students from ten schools (accompanied by their parents).