Empty plazas, idle mariachis: For Mexico, a somber Independence Day

09/16/2020

Source: The Washington Post

MEXICO CITY — In 1847, it was a U.S. invasion that kept the crowds away from the Zócalo, the grand plaza where each year the president performs the Cry of Dolores to celebrate the country’s independence.

This week, it’s the coronavirus that has quieted what’s ordinarily the most raucous celebration on the Mexican calendar. With the country devastated by covid-19, citizens were asked to stay home on the anniversary of the uprising that led to the overthrow of Spanish rule. Police surrounded the national palace Tuesday night; the vast plaza, normally filled with people, was covered instead with a giant neon map of the country in green, white and red.

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