A confrontation with fists kicking and shoving starred the informal sellers and owners of commercial premises located in the Parque de los Novios in Santa Marta.
The police tried to intervene to control the enraged entrepreneurs who, apparently, They came to blows and attacks due to a dispute over the public space of the renowned tourist sector of the capital of Magdalena.
The violent situation and other problems of coexistence occurred on the night of Friday, January 15, after a series of verbal attacks that escalated until two men grabbed each other by the neck, punching and kicking each other, for which they had to be separated by five police officers.
Below is the video where the scene of violence is recorded in which they indiscriminately hit each other with more people:
Without respecting any minimum social distancing and concentrated in the Parque de los Novios, the Samarians and tourists witnessed the violent fight.
In the images you can see that not even the five uniformed officers attached to the Police could contain the crowd, which gathered to attack each other in their attempt to separate the two subjects who would have started the discussion.
It is not the first time that a public order scandal has happened in the place
After the incident occurred, the community and witnesses to the incident asked the Police and district authorities for more regulation, attention and control, since the problems of coexistence in the public space of this tourist area are continuous.
And it is that the last public scandal that related to vendors and generated controversy over the fight for public space in the Parque de los Novios, was carried out on October 2, 2020 by the Secretary of Government of Santa Marta, Adolfo Bula, when he was leading an operation against informality in that area.
At that time, Bula, accompanied by bodyguards in Santa Marta Mayor’s Office uniforms and, together with police officers, was part of a discussion where they were going to take measures to displace a musician who performed songs in the area. In the midst of the discussion, several informal vendors joined in to reject the secretary’s actions during the operation.
In the middle of that cross between Bula and the merchants, one of the public official’s bodyguards drew a firearm and fired two shots into the air, a fact that ended up alarming the vendors located in the area, families who were in nearby restaurants and people who walked in the vicinity of the Parque de los Novios.