Mexico Mayor Tied to Truck, Dragged Through Streets Amid Reported Anger over Unfulfilled Campaign Promise
Travis Fedschun, Fox News, October 9, 2019
The jail in a southern Mexico town was pretty busy after the mayor was attacked. A group of farmers stormed Mayor Jorge Luis Escandón Hernández’s office and caused damage to real estate, in addition to assaulting him.
Eleven people were arrested in southern Mexico on Tuesday after the mayor of their village was dragged out of his office, beaten, and then tied to a pickup truck and dragged through the streets of the town, according to officials.
The State’s Attorney General’s Office in Tuxtla Gutiérre said in a news release that the incident happened early Tuesday in the town of Las Margaritas, when a group of people stormed Mayor Jorge Luis Escandón Hernández’s office and caused damage to real estate, in addition to assaulting him.
The angry group of farmers was demanding the mayor build a road he promised to construct during his campaign, Mexican news outlet Excelsior reported.
State police were eventually able to rescue the mayor, according to Excelsior newspaper.
The incident caused a brawl between the locals and the police, leaving at least 20 injured and 11 arrested, La Republica reported.
The State Attorney General’s Office said in a news release that Hernández is “safe and sound” and that he was examined by doctors after the incident.