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Mérida’s monument to historic Yucatán Gov. Felipe Carillo Puerto has been covered with graffiti for nearly a year. Now, days ahead of another protest march, the structure’s base is boarded up, and plans have been announced to restore it. Photo: Yucatán Magazine

The City Council announced plans to restore two Paseo de Montejo monuments that were vandalized by protestors nearly a year ago.

Protective barriers were placed around monuments honoring Felipe Carrillo Puerto and Justo Sierra on Wednesday.

The timing is curious. The next International Women’s Day is Wednesday. Last year’s march left statues, walls, and sidewalks vandalized across the Centro. One segment of marchers used spray paint to bring attention to the national crisis of violence against women and a call for abortion rights, among other issues.

Former Yucatán Gov. Felipe Carillo Puerto’s monument in Mérida, photographed in May 2022. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

The Department of Urban Development and INAH will be in charge of the work.

On Jan. 3, on the 99th anniversary of Carrillo Puerto’s death, civil groups denounced the state of the obelisk meant to honor for the former socialist governor of Yucatán.

A monument to writer and politician Justo Sierra has been covered with graffiti for nearly a year. Photo: Yucatán Magazine

Officials estimate that restoration will take two months. The work will be supervised by INAH, the agency charged with protecting Mexico’s heritage.

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