West on Chapo Marquez; South through the alley to Cuevas. I barely notice the wire mesh that Luis installed the other week to keep the cat in. Across Malaroq, wind up the ramp. The footbridge across the canal toward Centro.
Negrete to Juan Sarabia. Across Sánchez Taboada. One block more to Los Heroes. The Glorieta Independencia (traffic circle at the intersection of the Paseo de los Heros and Independencia/Juan Sarabia). Across the boulevard, a metal cylinder wraps around El Cubo, which “forms part of the architectural complex of CECUT.” Across decima (10th), a Commercial Mexicana announces its presence at Plaza Río in a bold, green sans serif. I look to the camellón (median) between Plaza Río and the Plaza Financiera. There is no one in the camellón. But I do notice people in the middle of the glorieta, facing traffic as it moves in the direction of the Club Campestre de Tijuana (a golf course), Caliente Hipodrómo (the racetrack), 20 de Noviembre (location of the municipal station where the 20 were detained after the police raid on October 18; (http://www.uniradioinforma.com/columnas/columna1319.html).
Drivers acknowledge statements in acrylic on cardboard and canvas, as they orbit the Tijeras (a monument constructed in the middle of the traffic circle). From the glorieta, to the camellón in front of CECUT. I take one end of a 4X12 piece of canvas. We move to the sidewalk. Vendors organize, in relation to the 29th Anniversary of CECUT. We move west, back east, on the sidewalk. Across the street, and then back to the camellón.
Constant movement. Advised. Necessitated by a conversation earlier that afternoon: “alrededor de las 13:50 horas, un agente de la policía municipal de Tijuana dialoga con una de las personas que fue detenida la madrugada del martes” (“around 1:50 PM, a city police officer spoke with one person who was detained on Tuesday morning,” from http://www.la-ch.com/). $100-$200 (USD, per arrestee) every three days is not sustainable. Is not affordable. Only 3 days in the camellón between Plaza Río and the Plaza Financiera, from October 15-18. 70 police. At 2AM. To arrest and detain 27 “indignados”: 20 men, 6 women, 1 child (of 3 years). In violation of a municipal code: sleeping in a public space.
Article 9 of the Constitución Mexicana of 1917: “No se podrá coartar el derecho de asociarse o reunirse pacíficamente con cualquier objeto lícito; pero solamente los cuidadanos de la República podrán hacerlo para tomar parte en los asuntos políticos del país.” (“You may not restrict the right to assemble or associate peaceably for any lawful purpose; citizens of the Republic (have the right to do so) to take part in political affairs.”) Is it legally possible for municipal code to supersede a constitutional article? Without doubt, Tuesday’s arrest “restrict(s) the right to assemble or associate peaceably for any lawful purpose.”
The next Asemblea General takes place Monday, 5 to 8, at the Vidriería Torre de Agua Caliente. It is important that the meetings take place in public space. To be publicly visible. To permit participation of a larger public. To maintain transparency in processes of decision making. But it is difficult to evade the police. Particularly in Zona Río. Where the presence of dialogue, which is separate from (in contrast to) that in the exclusive interest of empresas financieras y multinacionales (financial and multinational firms), is urgently needed.