jueves, 10 de abril de 2014

Mexico City imposes partial liquor ban over Easter

Mexico City authorities declared the sale of alcohol would be banned in eight of the city's sectors or delegaciones through four days of Easter week, to prevent "possible acts" to spoil public gatherings; one daily called the move "absurd." City sectors where alcoholic drinks could not be sold from 17 to 20 April were named as Álvaro Obregón, Azcapotzalco, Cuajimalpa de Morelos, Gustavo A. Madero, Iztapalapa, Miguel Hidalgo, Tláhuac and XochimilcoExcelsior reported on 9 April. The ban excluded the Delegación Cuauhtémoc, which has most middle-class residential areas, tourism, embassies and businesses, but its inclusion of Xochimilco would likely harm the revenues of all those depending on boat tourism in the area's ancient lakes. The ban, which also forbad distribution of free drinks, applied to all venues and outlets selling alcohol, including discotheques. The financial daily El Economista deplored the city's "authoritarian paternalism" and observed that banning liquor sales in these sectors would not stop people drinking there. One of the daily's commentators asked "relevant authorities" if they had considered before issuing the "absurd" order how much money tourist sectors could lose for their "sanctimonious" attitude?