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Shocking footage shows what happened to tourist who climbed Mayan pyramid after she was surrounded by mob

Emma Guinness

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Shocking footage shows what happened to tourist who climbed Mayan pyramid after she was surrounded by mob

A tourist who decided to ignore the law and climb a Mayan pyramid found herself facing the wrath of an angry mob when she climbed down.

And now, what happened after the woman tried to walk through the mob calling for her 'sacrifice' has been revealed in shocking new footage.

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The woman was later identified by local press as 29-year-old Abigail Villalobos - although this was not confirmed by authorities to the Daily Mail.

Villalobos can be seen attempting to shield herself with her hat after stepping down from the ancient pyramid that she climbed illegally.

This was the very same hat that she had used to dance on top of the pyramid just minutes before, despite the fact that the angry mob had formed and was booing her.

As Villalobos danced, the crowd could be heard shouting 'jail, jail, jail', 'lock her up' and 'sacrifice, sacrifice', 'because this woman does not respect the rules'.

One local grabbed the tourist and shook her in anger. Credit: Storyful
One local grabbed the tourist and shook her in anger. Credit: Storyful

In the footage of her exit, members of the mob throw water at Villalobos, while others take it a step further and throw actual bottles.

One woman even decides to grab Villalobos and shake her due to her deciding to scale the ancient monument, which people have been banned from climbing since 2008.

Other tourists follow her with their mobile phones as they boo, presumably filming to deter anyone else who might consider climbing the historic structure.

It is been protected from climbing by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), who issue fines ranging between the equivalent of £2,150 to £4,300 for those who defy the ban.

While it's not known if the woman has received this particular fine, which is calculated based on damage caused to the structure, the Tinum municipal police station told the Daily Mail that the tourist was arrested for her actions.

She was reportedly held by police for half an hour before she was fined 5,000 pesos (£216).

This footage received a lot of commentary online.

The woman further angered the crowd by dancing on the pyramid. Credit: Storyful
The woman further angered the crowd by dancing on the pyramid. Credit: Storyful

One viewer said that the woman who decided to grab the tourist should have been reprimanded for her actions too, describing it as 'assault'.

A second joked: "They respect the pyramid so much they waited at the bottom to deliver the ass whopping."

"How was she not confronted going up the stairs?" questioned a third.

But as angry as the crowd were, the woman was able to make her way through swiftly with the aid of two other people, who tried their best to shield her from the mob's wrath.

Featured Image Credit: Storyful

Topics: World News, Viral

Emma Guinness
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