Dec 25, 2006, 3:37 PM
Post #12 of 17
Yep, I saw the radishes. I went about 4 p.m. when they were setting up and crowds were not as overwhelming as later in the evening. There was also an "alternative" radish display in the park adacent to Iglesia Carmen Alta. It was put on by APPO people, with music, radishes who looked like you-know-who in the form of helicopters, rats, monsters, etc. The atmosphere was festive. The area (small) was VERY crowded. No problems as far as I know. Police were everywhere.
Governor URO walked through the zocalo with bodyguards and police protection. There were even police on the top of buildings which is interesting to me because on Fox' first day in office, he came to Oaxaca. That would be six years ago, right? I was on top of a building about 1/2 block from him with my telephoto lens. Had a direct shot. Not a policeman in sight on any of the building tops. My how times have changed.
There's not much to say about Oaxaca these days. Except for a lot of local police (Feds are around, I think, but not in great numbers and they do not have a presence. They've broke camp in the zocalo and Cathedral area), things are festively normal. Who knows what the New Year will bring, but Oaxaca right now is full of music and dancing in the streets. All night fireworks have returned. Of course, there are still a lot of unresolved issues. Travelers who defied all warnings and came for the holidays are amazed!