Mayor tied to truck and dragged along by angry farmers
Published: 11:18 10 October 2019
Angry farmers in southern Mexico abducted the mayor of their village and dragged him through the streets after claiming he went back on key campaign promises.
11 people have been arrested after the incident. Extra officers have been deployed to the village in Chiapas state.
According to local news website El Heraldo de Mexico, a group of protesters armed with clubs and rocks detained the mayor of Las Margaritas and tied him to the back of a pickup truck and dragged him through the streets.
Later, police intervened to free Mayor Jorge Luis Escandon Hernandez, who reportedly suffered no major injuries after the ordeal.
It was the second attack by farmers demanding that he fulfill his campaign promise to repair a local road.
Mayors and local politicians in Mexico are often targeted by drug gangs when they refuse to cooperate with their criminal schemes but it is less common for them to be attacked over their campaign promises.
Escandón said he would press charges for abduction and attempted murder.
Video taken by bystanders outside the mayor's office showed a group of men pulling him out of the building and forcing him onto the back of the vehicle.
Footage captured later by a CCTV showed him being dragged along, tied with a rope around his hands to the back of the truck through the streets of Santa Rita, which forms part of Las Margaritas.
It took dozens of municipal police officers to stop the vehicle and rescue the mayor. Several people were injured in scuffles between the police and those who had abducted the mayor.
In an earlier incident four months ago, a group of men trashed his office when they did not find him there.
In the lead-up to the mayoral election in Las Margaritas, Escandon was himself arrested on suspicion of taking part in a brawl with supporters of a rival candidate.
He was released for lack of evidence.
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