An angry mob called for a tourist to be ‘sacrificed’ after she climbed to the top of an ancient pyramid.
The pyramid, known as El Castillo, is located in the Mexican state of Yucatán and it dominates the archaeological site of Chichén Itzá.
The ancient city is believed to have been established in the early 400s AD and became the centre of political and economic activity in the Mayan culture by roughly 600 AD.
It’s also considered to be one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, resulting in thousands of tourists flocking to the site each year.
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However, the public has been banned from climbing the ancient structure, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, since 2008, reports Sky News.
This has been enforced so the site can be preserved and enjoyed for future generations.
In order to deter people from breaking this rule, fines have been put in place which can range from $2,558 to a whopping $5,115 USD.
However, this consequence didn’t stop one woman from climbing the 79ft pyramid.
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When she reached the top, she was seen dancing and posing, before being ushered down by a security guard.
Onlookers are believed to have cried out ‘Jail, jail, jail’ and ‘Sacrifice, sacrifice’ in Spanish, reports Merco Press.
Locals were recorded pulling her hair, shoving her and drenching her with water as she made her way through the crowd afterwards.
TikToker Angela Lopeze uploaded a clip of the incident online, alongside the caption: “This is so disrespectful… don’t mess with my Mexican people.”
Her footage has been viewed a staggering 4.5 million times and thousands have taken to the comments and criticised the ‘disrespectful’ tourist.
One viewer commented: “People can climb some pyramids, but there are others that are not permitted. It’s so disrespectful.”
Another added: “I instantly feel happy that everyone there wasn’t having it and rightfully booed her off.”
While a third said: “Y’all legit don’t disrespect people’s cultures in other countries.”
“She should be fined for climbing it,” someone else commented.
A fifth person wrote: “They should have put her in jail… the disrespect.”
While someone else said: “People say, ‘What if she didn’t know?’. There’s a little fence around the whole pyramid… I’m pretty sure it’s to prevent people [from] going on it.”
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According to reports, the tourist was released shortly after the incident. She was made to pay a fine of 5,000 pesos (£216).
The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) has also shared a statement with The Independent.
According to the publication’s translation, the tourist did not cause any damage to El Castillo.
The statement reads: “The reasons why it is not allowed to climb the pyramidal structures were explained to the person and they were made available to the Secretariat of Public Security of the State of Yucatan, where it will comply with the corresponding administrative sanctions.”
It added that tourists should ‘respect the provisions’ that have been put in place.
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