Angry locals in an impoverished Mexican town were caught on video putting a noose around a mayoral candidate’s neck because he didn’t keep his past campaign promises.
Juan Camacho Velasco, a former rep for the southern state of Chiapas, was suddenly ambushed in the town of Los Llanos on May 16 and held hostage for about eight hours by fed-up members of the indigenous Tzotzil, the Mexico Daily News reported.
Some of the pol’s attackers spewed expletives while one ripped his eyeglasses off his face and others forced him to walk barefoot to a tree with a rope noose hanging from it, video footage shows.
“Bring me a skirt, we are going to take his trousers off!” a man shouted along the way.
The crowd was reportedly demanding 300,000 Mexican pesos, or about $15,000, from Camacho in exchange for his freedom.
His indigenous attackers, descendants of the Mayans, were furious because they said the politician failed to make good on his promises in his earlier congressional campaign in their state to provide them with better schools and clean drinking water.
The noose was briefly put around the neck of a nervous-looking Camacho before he assured them he had the money and he was let go.
Camacho is now running for mayor in the nearby town of San Cristobal de las Casas — which is famous as the birthplace of the 1994 uprising of Subcomandante Marcos and his Zapatista National Liberation Army in the fight for indigenous rights.
The pol, whose father is a former mayor of Mexico City, later blamed his hostage-taking on local government failure, the Mexico Daily News said.
“Our communities in San Cristóbal are unhappy as a result of years of indifference on the part of the authorities who have historically seen them as electoral spoils,’’ Camacho said.
“We are going to win because we represent the authentic transformation of San Cristóbal,” he said of his political party.
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