Another high-profile citizen has been captured on Periscope video in the Mexico City borough of Miguel Hidalgo. This time it was President Peña Nieto’s chief of staff blocking a handicapped access ramp.
The controversial program in which officials record acts of crime or delinquency and stream them online in real time caught two vehicles assigned to Francisco Guzmán, the man in charge of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s office, parked illegally.
He was quick to acknowledge and apologize for the offense. “I regret what happened,” he wrote on his Twitter account. “All citizens, especially those of us who have public responsibility, should be examples of civic-mindedness.”
He offered an apology to the citizens of the borough for the trouble he had caused and said he was preparing to pay the corresponding fine.
Earlier this month, Miguel Hidalgo city manager Arne aus den Ruthen recorded the bodyguards of businessman Raúl Libien Santiago while they were parking vehicles on the sidewalk, earning obscene rebukes from Libien.
After Guzmán owned up to his parking infraction, aus den Ruthen took to his own Twitter account where he called on citizens to be thankful for Periscope.
“When have you seen a senior functionary of the president apologize for a traffic violation? Be grateful for Periscope,” he wrote.
The procedure has drawn criticism from Mexico City’s Human Rights Commission, which requested the broadcasts be halted because the subjects’ rights were being violated. Borough chief Xóchitl Gálvez rejected the plea.
Yesterday, the commission adopted a somewhat milder tone and suggested that regulations should be updated because a vacuum exists with regard to the use of new technologies.
Commission chief Perla Gómez, noting that Periscope broadcasts were being used in another nine locations, said rules should be modified to allow for the use of such technology.
Source: Milenio (sp)