Protesters might block the Carnaval Parade
Hawker and food stands that have been operating for years around the the Market in Centro were suddenly relocated to other streets.
The operators are alleging that the City authorities evicted them with violence. The shopkeepers on the streets where these vendors were relocated are also not happy.
“There is a stand of tacos in front of my store and all the merchandise is getting the smell”, said a clothing store owner.
The vendors marched to City Hall to protest the Mazatlan Mayor’s decisions, but the door was closed and they are now threatening to block the Carnaval parade if they can not be reinstalled in their original locations.
“If we cannot work, we cannot afford food. If the people are starving there is no joy and there won’t be Carnival either!”, said one of the protesters
“They relocated us to streets were we sell nothing and they were violent even with seniors”, said Maria Flores, who has owned a stand for more than 50 years.
The protest now has been joined by other groups that are also against the Mayor’s decisions. Semana de la Moto organizers, Mercado Juarez stands, neighbors and Barzon group are also part of the protesters.