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Guarding Public Buildings

For whatever reason, the authorities post armed guards at the entrances to buildings that house government functions. You see them everywhere.


In San Miguel, policemen in quasi-military dress and body armor guard the old presidencia, even though the county government has moved to a new building on the eastern edge of town. I don't know why they're still guarding it. Probably a couple of secretaries still in their offices.

Their battle-ready appearance weighs heavily on the fiesta atmosphere of the Jardín. Well, it would until you look at the expressions on their faces. See? They're just a couple of guys.

Here in Guadalajara, the Jalisco state office building is similarly guarded, except that there's more policemen standing in the doorway.


But they're still sharing a joke. Happy cops. They aren't wearing body armor either, so they make a kinder, gentler presence.

While wandering around Guadalajara this morning, I took this image of soldiers in front of another building.


You may have noticed that four of the five soldiers are staring in my direction. One is gesturing. Another is beginning to raise his hand.


They're telling me I shouldn't be photographing them. I went up to the soldier on the right and asked him if in fact I was not to take pictures. He assured me that I shouldn't. Well, OK.

Then I asked him what building they were guarding.

He said in all seriousness: "I can't tell you. It's a secret."