There was no traditional platform. On October 9 and Malecón Simón Bolívar, where on five other occasions the mayor Jaime Nebot addressed his supporters on a platform, yesterday there were just a few powerful speakers and two giant screens to tell in audio and video the details of the motorized caravan who led the burgomaster.
Unlike other Nebot calls that developed to claim citizen security, respect for the city and autonomy, for the incomes of the canton and for projects laws, this time the reason was different: say goodbye to the citizenship that allowed him to serve 19 years in Mayor’s office.
After traveling in a vehicular caravan the main streets of southwest Guayaquil, in a journey that lasted more than three hours, Nebot arrived on October 9 aboard a truck that also transported his wife, Cynthia Bohrer, and their daughters , Nicole and Melissa.
From the truck, amidst cheers and citizen slogans of gratitude for the nearly two decades of municipal administration, Nebot recalled that this main avenue of the city became the site where many triumphs have been held. “It was from here when we said to the oppressor we are free, you are free, we are free, your children are free, your grandchildren are free, Guayaquil is free, Ecuador is free …”.
A huge emotion of being here to tell the mayor ‘thank you’, everyone has seen the quality services he has offered, going further as a public official. “
The mayor also thanked the citizens for having allowed him to serve and asked them to support Cynthia Viteri, the elected mayor who will succeed him on May 14. “Nebot does not leave, Nebot does not say goodbye, here I stay with you, in this city (…) the ship continues its course, we have changed our captain, today we have a captain of luxury, passionate, serious, honest and capable ; fight with her as they fought with me … Cynthia and you will do something bigger in Guayaquil … “.
The farewell caravan was multitudinous, and the rain that fell in Guayaquil did not stop the supporters. It started at 4:00 pm on Barcelona Avenue, in the southwest of the city.
Upon his arrival, Nebot immediately boarded the truck that led the tour through several sectors of the southwest and the center of the city. With blue and white flags, with whistles, posters, the residents greeted Nebot. Some, at the passage of the caravan, greeted him with a false mustache. They said it was the most significant way to fire him and thank him.
For me it has been exciting to arrive to this city and I have seen the enormous works, and how not to thank that vision of serving the citizenship. I’m excited to participate.
Luis Zavala, engineer
This is what Mario Quimí did, who assured that it was his show of gratitude. “We are happy because Nebot has been a man who has raised everyone’s self-esteem. It is not a see you later, we believe it is to help the country much more, “said the 60-year-old merchant.
On the other hand, Raquel González, professor, who, unlike Quimí, wore a t-shirt with a mustache print, said that the tour was only to show that Guayaquil will continue to have works.
She lives in the cooperative Santiaguito Roldós and maintains that the change in her sector is drastic. “I am very grateful to Mr. Nebot because where we lived was horrible and little by little we had sewage and pavement, and I am happy about that,” he said, adding that it was not a day to be sad: “It’s as if your dad and your mom (in allusion to Cynthia Viteri) “.
I did see my city when it was full of trash and it was detestable. I have noticed how little by little Leon (Febres-Cordero), (Jaime) Nebot, have changed and improved the city.
Mishell Álvarez, advisor
The mayor did not refer to an eventual presidential candidacy, despite the fact that throughout the tour his supporters shouted: “Nebot, president.”
Only his family was in the truck that was carrying Nebot. Back in another similar vehicle, Viteri followed, the current deputy mayor Doménica Tabacchi, the elected prefect of Guayas, Carlos Luis Morales, the elected vice-prefect, Susana González, current councilors and newly elected, and leaders of the Social Christian Party (PSC). (I)
A group of young people dressed in The Avengers suits for the farewell tour of Mayor Jaime Nebot. In their wake they shouted: “Nebot, president; we will fight with you! “
The majority of citizens, who came to the caravan, wore a shirt with the design of a mustache and the phrase: Thank you, Nebot!
Through the social network accounts of the outgoing mayor, the farewell caravan was broadcast live.
As in other mass events, informal traders took advantage of the opportunity to offer from flags to trays of potato chips. (I)