The National Palace – where President Andrés Manuel López Obrador resides – maintains several rows of metal fences around it to prevent approaching, but which are already “normal” during the current administration.
Some businesses such as restaurants, banks and government offices on Avenida Paseo de la Reforma, Avenida Juárez and in the first square of the city, a natural step for the demonstrations heading to the capital’s main square, woke up boarded up with wooden planks, especially in windows and doors.
The head of the city government, Claudia Sheinbaum, was questioned about the armoring with three-meter fences, and explained that this protection was decided as a preventive measure.
At a press conference this Friday, the official explained that a peaceful mobilization is expected, but offered to give details of the operations later.
In social networks, the deployment of protection has been questioned, among others, by the leader of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), Jesús Zambrano, who called them “the fences of ignominy.”
Las vallas de la ignominia ,rumbo al #8DeMarzo, para subrayar que este gobierno le teme más a las #mujeres y a sus demandas de igualdad sustantiva que a los grupos criminales. ¡Doblemente cobardes! #8M2022 #Dictadura #AmloMoralmenteDerrotado pic.twitter.com/p19WSMbXKs
— Jesús Zambrano (@Jesus_ZambranoG) March 4, 2022
These, she wrote on Twitter, underscore “that this government is more afraid of #women and their demands for substantive equality than of criminal groups. Doubly cowardly! #8M2022 #Dictatorship #AmloMorallyDefeated”.
Last year, during the 8M mobilizations, buildings in the city center were vandalized and there were outbreaks of violence.
In previous years, male and female photographers and reporters, as well as female members of the police, deployed during the 8M marches, have been attacked.