City council meeting canceled after protests

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Albuquerque City Council canceled its meeting Monday night because of a protest at City Hall, making this the second time protesters have shut down a city council meeting.

Protesters crowded Mayor Richard Berry’s office on Monday, accusing him of not listening and not being available to his constituents.

With Mayor Berry in New York, his Chief of Staff Gilbert Montano did the talking.

“Mayor’s door is absolutely open and willing to have the discussion,” he said. “We just have to make sure it’s a positive discussion that brings the city forward and helps us move past some of these issues we’re currently facing.”

But protesters weren’t satisfied with the city’s response.

“It’s absurd that they locked down city council, cancelled city council,” said Sayrah Namaste. “That’s absurd. We were peaceful.”

A month after protesters shut down a city council meeting, the city canceled a meeting that was scheduled to start at 5 p.m. on Monday because the protests had City Hall on lockdown.

“We didn’t feel like it was going to be fair to the public not to allow them into their own meeting at 5 o’ clock, so we thought it would be best to postpone it to another day,” Montano said.

The meeting is now scheduled for Mon., June 9 at 5 p.m. as a special meeting, which means public comment won’t be allowed.

The protest on Monday will also have the city taking a closer look at security at the mayor’s office.

“Sometimes it’s hard to stop a mob coming in but ultimately we’ll reevaluate and assess that,” Montano said.

Police Chief Gorden Eden said in a statement, “We had to pull officers off the streets to handle this incident—officers who should have been working their regular assignments, answering calls for service.”

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