Mayor Attached To Truck And Dragged Through Streets By Angry Farmers In Mexico
A Mexican mayor has been tied to a truck and dragged through the streets by angry farmers. Watch footage of the incident below:
This is the second attack by farmers, who are demanding that Mayor Jorge Luis Escandón Hernández should deliver on his campaign promise to repair a local road.
Police intervened in the attack on Tuesday - which took place in a village in Chiapas state - and Mr Hernández escaped without major injuries. Authorities have arrested 11 people in connection with the attack and Mr Hernández said he would press charges for abduction and attempted murder, according to the BBC.
Llaven Abarca, of the attorney general's office, said: "Free demonstration is guaranteed in Chiapas, as long as it is peaceful, but we will not tolerate or generate impunity for any criminal behaviour."
In a statement, the State Attorney General's Office said: "A group of people from the ejido Santa Rita Greenhouse in the municipality of Las Margaritas entered the municipal presidency of Las Margaritas this morning, causing damage to real estate and assaulting Mayor Jorge Luis Escandón Hernández.
"It is worth mentioning that the citizen municipal president, Jorge Luis Escandón Hernández, is safe and sound, being reviewed by medical experts of this justice-seeking body.
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"At this time, the agent of the Public Ministry, the Specialised Police and experts are carrying out the proceedings to integrate the corresponding investigation folder, in order to clarify the facts and disclaim responsibilities."
Footage taken from outside Mr Hernández' office earlier in the day shows a group of men forcibly dragging from the building and ushering him to the back of vehicle, with CCTV later capturing the moment he was dragged through the streets of Santa Rita - which forms part of Las Margaritas.
Dozens of officers were required to quash the attack and at least 20 people were injured as police and abductors clashed, La Republica reported.
Extra officers have now been deployed in the area.
#Enterate Circula en redes video en el que pobladores del ejido Santa Rita en el municipio de #LasMargaritas, #Chiapas, suben en una camioneta al alcalde Jorge Luis Escandón Hernández. Los motivos es porque no ha cumplido lo prometido en campaña. pic.twitter.com/Yywx2exGAC
- Tabasco Al Minuto (@Tabalminutomx) October 8, 2019
Four months ago, a group of men entered Mr Hernández' office and smashed it up after they couldn't find him. Mr Hernández himself was also arrested in the lead-up to his election and was accused of taking part in a mass brawl with rival supporters - however, he was later released due to a lack of evidence.
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