On Friday, it was announced to Downtown Santa Fe businesses that they should expect roads closed all around the New Mexico Capitol Building as Gov. Lujan Grisham plans to fortress the area in, not allowing the people of New Mexico in or out of the People’s House.
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) released in a statement that “DPS hereby gives notice that the intersections hereinafter identified, allowing ingress and egress to the area of the state capitol and the state capitol complex, will be closed to the public, beginning Saturday, January 16, 2021, at 8:00 am until midnight or as needed, and continuing day to day thereafter, until such time as the NMSP believes that it is safe to reopen the areas in and around the New Mexico State Capitol.”
The portion “until such time as the NMSP believes that it is safe to reopen the areas in and around the New Mexico State Capitol” makes it clear that the Governor is preparing to block off streets indefinitely, as she sees fit, which will indeed hurt small businesses in the Downtown area. It is a miracle many of them still remain today, as they were shuttered for months as “nonessential” businesses.
According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, these barriers blocking off the surrounding Capitol streets are “Jersey barriers — long, 2,000-pound concrete blocks used for highway construction projects.”
For those in the area the intersections to watch out for are:
- Paseo de Peralta at Old Santa Fe Trail
- Paseo de Peralta at Don Gaspar
- Avenue Paseo de Peralta at Webber
- Manhattan Street at Galisteo Street
- Galisteo Street at Cerrillos Road Cerrillos Road at W. DeVargas
- W. Alameda Street at Don Gaspar Avenue
- E. DeVargas and South Capitol
- E. DeVargas and Old Santa Fe Trail
This will at least hamper an impromptu weekly protest on the corner of Paseo De Peralta and Old Santa Fe Trail, where Trump supporters have been waving flags at 12:00 noon. This area is now prohibited for them to protest. Two weeks ago, the Governor’s State Police scolded protesters to “social distance.” Now, they won’t be allowed to protest at all.
These measures come after Gov. Lujan Grisham erected a fence around the Capitol and declared a state of emergency, claiming there is a “threat of riots of insurrection.” She also instructed New Mexicans not to go outside and not to protest the inauguration, saying the people should “do that from your living room.”
DPS’ press release adds that “proper credentials” are required for entering the perimeter, which consists of “a government issued identification, such as a driver’s license or passport and proof of residence or employment in the restricted area.” This is more than what is required to vote in the state of New Mexico, as no ID is required for that.
Barriers will be erected at these intersections. NMSP Officers, City of Santa Fe Police Department officers, and Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office deputies, as well as members of the New Mexico National Guard, pursuant to an emergency authorization by the Governor, will staff these posts and advise those attempting to enter or leave these areas that ingress and egress will be denied. An exception will be made to the prohibition on ingress and egress for properly credentialed members of the New Mexico Legislature and their staff, the media, residents (home owners, renters and those residing temporarily in hotels), business owners and employees.,. Proper credentials consist of a government issued identification, such as a driver’s license or passport and proof of residence or employment in the restricted area. Upon request, a driver, bicyclist or pedestrian shall present the proper credentials to a law enforcement officer before being allowed ingress and egress to the area within the perimeter of the aforementioned intersections.
In addition to the intersection closures, a fence has been erected around the State capitol, within the restricted area. Members of the public, except those members of the legislature and their staffs and the media, are strictly prohibited from entering or exiting the capitol and the capitol complex until such time as the area is reopened to the public.
Anyone violating the prohibitions on ingress and egress set forth above, is subject to citation or arrest and prosecution for violations of the New Mexico Criminal Code, including but not limited to Section 30-14-1, et.seq., criminal trespass, inter alia.
According to the New Mexico Criminal Code, punishment could be a fine of up to $1,000 and up to one year in a county jail for violating these dictates.
The New Mexico Capitol and its surrounding areas are now a police state, where any passersby will be stopped by the National Guard and forced to give their credentials.