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Municipalidad of Miraflores are Anti-Skaters in LarcoMar

Posted by Marco Antonio Mendoza Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Thanks to the internet and other sites like Peru21, I managed to come across a video posted by a fellow Peruvian citizen that shows serenazgos from Miraflores (municipal police = not real police) with buckets, throwing dirt and rocks onto the ground in the park at LarcoMar, located in Miraflores.

This is obviously an attempt by the municipalidad of Miraflores to rid what they have deemed a problem, skaters.  While the park is open for the general public this doesn't surprise me the least bit, since in the US many private businesses and cities have put up efforts to block skaters from skating in certain areas.  This is usually done since they believe that skaters cause damage to property so they put up signs that ban skating from a particular area/zone or install these metal brackets on any type of ledge that they now will be used by skaters.

While the mayor of Miraflores has stated that he is not against skaters and does not have an agenda towards their extradition from areas in the district like LarcoMar.  This however was discredited when a video was posted on YouTube depicting the cities security throwing dirt and rocks onto the walkways of the park at LarcoMar in a blatent effort to prevent skating in the area.  When confronted by the group filming they responded that they were only following orders.

As many have already commented, the throwing of rocks and dirt along the paths and walkways in the park not only impedes skaters but also those who ride bikes, those with wheel chairs, pedestrians, and baby carriages.  With such an unintelligent act of retaliation being committed it's hard to find humor in such childish and immature behavior when one takes into consideration the dangers and risks that could befall not just citizens of the district but also tourists from other countries as well.  I mean common ON!.......It's only common sense that throwing rocks and dirt in a highly trafficked area poses a fairly high risk for injury to those who use the park, and while the mayor might think he is eliminating what he most likely considers an inconvenience in his district, what he is really doing is creating a window of opportunity for a civil lawsuit.  With the video provided below there might just be more than enough material evidence for one, that is if the mayor hasn't already been informed of the stupidity and reckless endangerment of his own citizens. 

If the mayor HONESTLY (notice the bold face CAP LOCKS emphasis on honestly) wishes to remove skaters from the park that he should find a more logical and safer alternative that is representative of an individual in an elected position of authority.

Below is the video that was posted on YouTube:

Decide for yourself!

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