Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Freedom of Assembly

We happened to be outside the Teatro de la Republica yesterday, where some sort of official government gathering was taking place. Nearby, a bunch of college professors were protesting over some sort of alleged governmental contract breach. They were peaceful - silent, in fact - and stayed safely on the sidewalk across the street. The Municipal cops were there directing traffic and now apparently come armed not just with semi-automatic machine guns, but point-and-shoot digital cameras. Since peaceful protests are not (to our knowledge) illegal, we're not sure why this cop felt the need to photograph as many of the protesters as possible.


And of course, upon pulling out our camera and taking a picture of the cop taking a picture of the protesters, another cop pulled out his camera and took a picture of us taking a picture of the cop. We thought about taking a picture of him, too, but then we remembered that he could always put down his camera and pull out his semi-automatic machine gun, and that all that stuff about the pen being mightier than the sword is not something that anyone carrying a sword actually believes. So we smiled and went home.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I want to see the picture of the cop who is taking a picture of Sr. Burro who is taking a picture of the cop who is taking a picture of the protesters who are taking pictures of the cop who is taking a picture of Sr. Burro who is taking a picture of the cop who is taking a picture of the protesters.

Amiga del Lorax said...

At least he wasn't wearing a mask when he took the picture.

Dave said...

Seems whenever I'm taking pictures in Mexico I wind up pointing my camera at a cop somewhere, and my wife asks me what I think I'm doing. Not that I think she's worried about them taking MY picture...

Charles Pergiel said...

Maybe the cops are getting smarter and realize that the best defense against allegations of misbehavior are their own set of photos. Everybody goes to the protest, everybody takes pictures of everyone else, protest is recorded so lawyers can argue over who spilt the milk.

Or maybe it's a ploy by the higher ups to give the cops something to do. Instead of busting heads, take pictures.

Or maybe it's just the opening move it a plan to rid the country of undesirables.

Amiga del Lorax said...

Um, maybe it was just a very crude attempt to intimidate the protesters.

arquitecto en cordoba said...

At least he wasn't wearing a mask when he took the picture.