Maicao has lived throughout his eighty-three years of history in a timeline altered by the time of the crisis quite serious and useful temporary booms. Amid the good times and bad people in Maicao were building a kind of city characterized by hard work, urban chaos, the solidarity of its people and the immense possibilities it offers to all people who come to your floor. For over twenty years ended the last great boom Maicao and since then its economy has been in plunged into a dark tunnel, long and at an angle, which, however, has not been an obstacle for the city to stand and continue alive, although on several occasions has been issued in advance of his death certificate. The amphitheater was left waiting a corpse that never came, and, apparently, no longer come. Although the patient breathes and breathes well, it's good to note that there is a social time bomb Maicao daunting as evidenced in the riots of 3 and 4 August. The protest of the informal vendors of gasoline, then infiltrated by subject instigators of violence, is just the tip of a giant iceberg with which we can represent the social and economic problems of one of the most important borders Colombia. On the one hand Maicao formal trade has fallen to rock bottom limits precupantes and the bolivar to fund 29 cents of which, of course, has pushed the bulk of the population to take refuge in informal economic activities including the sale of gasoline by the systems known as "Pimpin" and "big tail", the introduction and sale of Venezuelan food and motorcycle taxi, an activity that achieved the way to keep at least some seven thousand families from the most disadvantaged. To this must be added the issue of public services.
The matter is delicate and serious Maicao at any time could generate a demonstration of dissatisfaction that might even exceed the unfortunate episodes of the first days of August. The provision of electric service has been constituted almost a mockery and humiliation for the 140,000 inhabitants of a town where there are terrible blackouts of up to eight hours in large and populous areas where all activity is completely paralyzed. Facing the fact repetitive, annoying and disruptive, the population has tried everything from phone calls to listed on the invoices, to allegations in the Superintendence of Public Services and found no favorable response. The worst part is that, above the call to the wisdom of the authorities and the media, and citizens are heard raised voices of popular protest as a last and desperate resort. It is necessary to listen to the voice of the people today when we still have time. And do not expect the outbreak of social bomb Maicao.