|The entrance to La Planicie neighborhood of La Molina. (Photo: Living in Peru archive)|
Fidel Mamani Tejada has attracted media attention to the exclusive development La Planicie of La Molina, after a court ruling prohibited the use of an electronic card at the gate to gain entrance to the residential area, reports El Comercio.
Mamani says that "This is an outrage and the freedom of transit in this country must be allowed, it’s a universal principle."
The problem arose when the residents of the neighborhood each agreed to buy an electronic card (at S/.70) to allow them a private lane to enter and exit the neighborhood. Mamani refused.
He filed a protective action against the Association of Owners of La Planicie. Although the judiciary did not give reason to Mamani on his first or second instance, the Constitutional Court did, and the ruling became effective last week.
In a newspaper report "Panorama," Mamani explained how his clash with the neighborhood association began. "Tarazona Cáceres Rosario was the president (of the association) in 1998," says Mamani, noting that after insisting unsuccessfully to talk to her to express his dissatisfaction with the the new entrance policy, he felt like the association didn’t address his concerns and treated him as a "nobody."
"I think it was a racial issue," he says, and states until he came along there was no one to teach the neighborhood council of the exclusive development that "the law is equal for all."