Mexico Mayor Tied to a Pickup Truck and Dragged Through the Streets for Not Fulfilling Campaign Promise

Newsweek Incident 2 months ago

A Mexican mayor was tied to a truck and dragged through the streets for not fulfilling campaign promises, it has been reported.

In CCTV footage circulated on social media, Las Margaritas Mayor Jorge Luis Escandon Hernandez is apparently seen being pulled through Santa Rita after he was abducted from his office, BBC News reported.

The 17-second video dated October 8, 2019, which appears to have originated from local news outlet Portavoz Chiapas yesterday, shows a man in blue trousers and a white shirt being dragged along a road as bystanders look on. The identity of the man in the video is not immediately clear from the footage.

But the BBC has reported that Mayor Escandon said he would bring charges of abduction and attempted murder against people involved in the alleged incident, adding that 11 people had been arrested.

The men allegedly involved in the incident were farmers upset with Escandon's failure to repair a road, according to El Heraldo De Mexico.

A video of the abduction incident at the mayor's office in Las Margaritas posted by Tabasco Al Minuto shows a large brawl breaking out around what seems to be the same truck caught in the CCTV footage shared by Portavoz Chiapas.

The local politician did not suffer "major injuries" during the chaos after a number of regional police saved Escandon by bringing the truck to a stop, the BBC reported.

A press release from the Chiapas State Attorney General's Office confirmed 11 men had been arrested over the Tuesday events in Las Margaritas.

The media notice also said that the Mayor was safe and sound, adding that local authorities were seeking to clarify events. It added that the State Prosecutor's Office condemned the acts of violence.

The alleged attack on Mayor Escandon this week is not the first of its kind this year, according to the BBC, which reported that a group of men had damaged his office four months ago while he was away from work.

In its media release, the State Attorney General's Office claimed property was also damaged Tuesday in the alleged attack on the politician.

Earlier this year, Tlaxiaco Mayor Alejandro Aparicio was killed just hours after being sworn into office in a shooting that saw three people taken to hospital, CNN reported. Aparicio was pronounced dead at the hospital as a result of internal bleeding from a gunshot wound.

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