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City residents complain about the closure of Parque Calderon for Moreno visit

Saying it reminded them of last month’s political protests, Cuenca residents and guests complained Sunday about the closure of Parque Calderon to pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

Residents complained about the closure of Parque Calderon for the visit of President Lenin Moreno. (El Tiempo)

“This is Cuenca’s independence holiday and Calderon is our most famous place,” said Enrique Castro. “This is terrible planning that they close it when it is where our independence began. I understand the president has to be protected but there are other ways to do it beside blocking the central plaza.”

The police who erected and maintained the road blocks at eight intersections, said the action was taken due to lingering tensions from last month’s strike by transport workers and indigenous groups. “Anger remains following those events and we are taking care to protect the presidential visit,” a National Police commander said.

Moreno attended ceremonies at the cathedral and the municipal government building on Sunday to commemorate Cuenca’s independence. Both buildings are located on the park.

During the park closure, police escorted several people out of the park although they allowed others who live nearby to remain. Those who planned to attend mass at the cathedral were told at the barricades that the church was closed.

Regional director of the Ombudsman’s office, Verónica Aguirre, was one of those criticizing the park closure. “Santa Ana de los Cuatro Rios closed to the people on independence holiday? I don’t believe it,” she Tweeted. She said she intends to file a complaint with Ecuador’s Constitutional Court.

Cuenca Mayor Pedro Palacios also criticized the barricades but said the decision was made by the federal government whose authority supersedes that of the city.

11 thoughts on “City residents complain about the closure of Parque Calderon for Moreno visit

  1. Moreno should realize he’s just not that important to warrant that type of security. Closing the entire square and church is pretty stupid.

        1. ummmmm …. Lincoln said I got a pain ….. in la tete ….. don’t tell anyone ….. love to the president, Ecuador and South America

  2. We had intended to eat dinner at one of the establishments closed due to the closure. It reminded us of the period during the part when all of these businesses had to close, due to the police blockades. ““This is terrible planning that they close it when it is where our independence began,” said Enrique Castro. I think this statement pretty much sums up the entire government of Moreno along with the entire cadre of cronies who occupy the seats of Ecuadorian government. The vast sums of money wasted on the Tramvia bear witness to this fact.

    1. That’s just awful that your dinner plans were ruined. BTW, before you start pointing fingers about who’s to blame for the tranvia fiasco, you might want to do some research. That way you’ll maintain some credibility.

      1. Really? And what credibility do you have that I lack? Your answer is typical of what we see here and in most countries; one not willing to accept responsibility for their actions and decisions, a trait that runs from top to bottom in Ecuador, though not much different from the States, ¿ya gringo?

        1. Maybe I misunderstood you connecting Moreno to the vast sums of money wasted on the tranvia. I do question your use of the word, “entire”. When you say that the entire cadre of cronies who occupy the seats of Ecuadorian govt. are poor planners and refuse to take responsibility for their actions, that means everybody, which is an irresponsible statement and certainly not true. But, you’re entitled to your incredible opinion.

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