Maicao has lived throughout the eighty-three years of history in a timeline altered by times absolutely serious crises and the temporarily profitable booms. Amid the good and bad times the inhabitants of Maicao were building a type of city characterized by hard work, urban chaos, the solidarity of its people and the immense possibilities afforded to all persons arriving at your floor. For more than twenty years it ended the last great boom of Maicao and since then its economy has lived in engulfed in a long, dark tunnel and at an angle, which, however, has not been without prejudice so the city subsists and continue with life while on several occasions has been issued early her death certificate. The amphitheatre were waiting a corpse that never came and, apparently, won’t. However the patient breathes and breathes well, it is good to warn that there is a social daunting pump in Maicao as evidenced in the riots of the days 3 and 4 August.
The protest of the informal sellers of gasoline, later infiltrated by incitadores subjects of violence, is just the tip of a gigantic iceberg with which we can represent social and economic of one of the most important frontiers of Colombia. On the one hand the formal trade from Maicao has fallen to precupantes limits and bottoms with the bolivar to 29 cents from fund which, surprisingly, has pushed the bulk of the population to seek refuge in informal economic activities including the sale of gasoline by systems known as pimpinas and big tail, the introduction and sale of Venezuelan food and the mototaxismo, activity in which have succeeded in ways to keep at least some seven thousand families belonging to the most disadvantaged sectors. This should add the issue of public services. The matter in Maicao is delicate and serious and at anytime could generate a manifestation of discontent that could even surpass the regrettable episodes of the first days of August. The provision of electric power service is has constituted virtually a mockery and a humiliation for the 140,000 residents of a town where terrible blackouts occur for up to eight hours in large and populous areas where all activity is totally paralyzed. Face the fact repetitive, annoying and harmful, the population it has tried everything from calls to the phone numbers listed in the invoices, until complaints in the Superintendency of public services without finding favorable response. The most serious case is that, above the call to the prudence of the authorities and the media, you already hear voices of citizens posed by popular protest as last and desperate resort. It is necessary that the voice of the people be heard today when we are still in time. And that don’t wait the social bomb of Maicao.