Translated by Jesús Ronquillo / Circuito Frontera
October 27th will mark a day of citizen mobilization in Ciudad Juarez, where a group of activists and animal lovers will unite in a march and vigil to demand improvements in the living conditions of Benito, the giraffe of the Central Park.
The march is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. in the parking lot of Plaza Juarez Mall and aims to demand a response from the authorities, given the lack of progress with the promised investment and to improve the living conditions of the animals in the Central Park.
The contingent will march along Avenida Tecnológico until finishing the tour at the entrance of the park.
Víctor Bugarin, member of the “Somos Su Voz” Council, shared details about this act of protest and why it is necessary, after several months have passed since the State Governor, María Eugenia Campos Galván, and the park administrators made commitments to improve the park, but no significant change has materialized.
He indicated that some modifications have been made in relation to security, although vandalism and crime were never considerable problems at the park.
However, the main problem lies in the habitat conditions of the animals in this space.
He recalled that in August they requested a public hearing with the Governor of the State and with state authorities who manage the Central Park, although, so far, they have not received a response.
The activist stressed the urgency of the situation, as winter is approaching, and it is predicted that it could be especially harsh this year. This raises concerns about the survival of the animals, including Benito, an iconic protagonist of this struggle.
The invitation to the community is clear: join the march and vigil to demonstrate that this effort continues and will not be forgotten.
“We are doing everything in our power, and we call on everyone interested to join us in this demonstration,” Bugarín emphasized.
He said that the demonstration seeks to remind the authorities of their commitment and responsibility to the community and its animals.
In such a way that this lack of communication on the part of the authorities is perceived as a “failure to comply with the law and a lack of interest in improving the conditions of the Central Park”.