Handicapped Protest Against Mall


POSTED: Saturday, February 20, 2010 - 9:16pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 5:21pm

EL PASO--- All they want is to be able to cross the street without the fear of being run over by a car.

It's something not easy near Cielo Vista Mall because protestors say the area isn't handicap accessible.

"There's no sidewalk, there's no pathway and people are forced into moving traffic," said Joe Lara, fellow protestor.

To prove their point to Simon Properties, which owns the mall lot, demonstrators marched from Luby's restaurant to the mall.

Once there, they blocked the entrances with their wheelchairs, then gave a demonstration on what would happen if one of them got hit.

One man crawled on the ground with fake blood on his face.

"The cars are obviously larger than us we could get run over we could get hurt, not only us but any pedestrian," said protestor Josue Rodriguez.

According to protestors at the mall, some say they told Cielo Vista mall about the problem and were assured something would be done.

NewsChannel 9 received a statement from Cielo Vista Mall.

"Cielo Vista Mall provides handicapped access at all mall entrances in compliance with the state regulations," Shawna Thomson, mall manager.

"We value all our patrons, and work to maintain a safe, convenient and first-rate shopping experience for everyone," she said.

Thomson would not comment further, citing a situation under pending litigation.

"Enough is enough. It's unfair and it's unsafe for them to continue denying a simple pass-way for pedestrian traffic," said another protestor, Frank Lozano.

Protestors say they are speaking out not only for the disabled but for pedestrians walking to the mall.

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