Monday, November 07, 2011

El Police State

Several months ago we wrote about the city's creeping police-statism, including an utterly pointless Police Mobile Command Unit with a pair of telescope-mounted surveillance cameras that was parked in the Jardin Zenia on Sunday evenings, regardless of the fact that there were already half a dozen security cameras mounted on the surrounding rooftops. Well, at some point of the last few weeks (like the mythical frog in boiling water, we didn't notice it happening) the Mobile Command Unit became a permanent feature, parked day and night, seven days a week, in the Jardin.

In fairness, we suppose the only thing more ridiculous that putting this thing in the Jardin was putting it in the Jardin just a few hours a week.

Querétaro's a safe place, and we know it's sort of a chicken-and-egg argument whether the excessive security makes it safe, or if it's safe in spite of the wastefully excessive security. And since it's not our money, we can't really complain. Also, we look good in hats, and that requires our heads be attached to our bodies, so why risk it?  But police states don't just pop up overnight. They creep up on you. A year ago there was no Mobile Command Unit. Now, with no escalating security threat to speak of, it's a permanent presence in the middle of town. It doesn't seem to occur to anyone to care.

If Querétaro suddenly became dangerous, there would likely be calls for increased spending on security. As it happens, the state was recently declared the second-safest in Mexico, behind Yucatán. Which of course prompted the local congressman to call for increased federal funding for the state's security, as a reward for it being so secure. If we beat Yucatán next year, we'll probably declare martial law.

1 comment:

Luddy Hite Sr, citoyen du monde said...

What I find amazing is that they allow those disfiguring phone towers and antennas. They, well, THEY being the whole world. But Queretaro's plazas are so picturesque it's a double shame.