A year after the deadly earthquake that shook Mexico last September, people are still coping with waves of post-traumatic stress, which is why many are confused about the government’s choice to commemorate the painful day with a simulation and an insensitive parade float.
On September 19, 2017, when a 7.1 magnitude quake struck Mexico, buildings collapsed and streets cracked. Afterward, people could still feel phantom tremors and hear the loud siren that warned people of the natural disaster. The 2017 quake took place on the anniversary of the devastating 1985 tremor, which killed more than 5,000. Every year since then, the government has performed an annual earthquake drill at around 7 a.m. local time. This year, with the wounds of last year still fresh, some thought the government would pass on the drill, which features loud sirens. But at about 1:14 p.m. local time – a little later than usual to symbolize 2017’s earthquake – the drill happened once again.
Many questioned if this was the right move given that many people still battle PTSD. And one woman reportedly jumped out of a third-story window when she heard the sirens. The 56-year-old woman’s condition is still unknown.
— Grupo Fórmula (@Radio_Formula) September 19, 2018
The government also seemed to make a misstep three days ago when it celebrated its independence day. Every year, the country holds a military parade; Sunday’s event was dedicated to last year’s survivors and victims. However, as video footage demonstrated, one float featured a collapsed bridge with fake debris. An actor, who depicted a person trapped under rubble, waved to the crowd.
The person who posted the video online, added the message, “Mexico siendo Mexico.”
México siendo México. pic.twitter.com/G3u9ySfafb
— (@LaaUnicornio) September 19, 2018
Both the simulation and parade have been the source of many discussions online. Some were shocked that the commemorative float was so inconsiderate, others cracked a few jokes, chalking it up to a display of Mexican humor.
Below, check out some reactions from Mexican Twitter.