"We did have the permit, but Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) told us Monday night that it could not be done," Manuel Mazzanti, head of marketing at Yahoo Mexico, said on Wednesday.That's a pity because I think it could have been an awesome sight. Maybe they should give it a try at the Giza Pyramids in Egypt instead.
An INAH spokesman said the Yahoo event posed technical and operational problems that might damage Teotihuacan. "We are the guardians of the heritage of Mexico," the spokesman said.
Mexico is highly protective of its archaeological sites, many of which are subject to nonstop tourist traffic and are must-sees for dignitaries and artists from around the world.
Yahoo's Mazzanti said the company was looking for another launch site for the event but had ruled out Mexico.
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