Mexico: An angry mob demanded that a female tourist be taken into custody after she reached the Mayan pyramid. They also recorded her dancing on the stairs.
The unidentified woman, believed to be Spanish, caused outrage Monday when it was revealed that she had ignored the rules for visitors not climbing the Mayan Temple of Kukulcan, Chichen Itza. Itza was designated in 2007 as one of the 7 Wonders of the World.
After climbing to the top, she danced and waved her arms in celebration. She was greeted by a group of tourists who were stunned at her bizarre antics. Some called the disrespectful visitor “a-hole” in Spanish, while others called her an “idiot”.
The background could be heard chanting “jail, prison, jail” or “lock her up”, in Spanish.
The blonde woman, dressed in bright-red tights with a blue Tshirt, ran into the temple room and then climbed the pyramid’s 365 stairs. Along with a furious crowd, she was met at the base of the pyramid by officials from the Mexican Institute of Anthropology and History.
Video clips that circulated on Tick and Twitter show angry viewers dousing the insolent tourist with water from plastic bottles and calling him “stupid”.
As she is being taken away by officials some bystanders appear and knock the woman’s cap off her head, and yank her hair.
The unnamed woman was taken into custody by the police and given a unspecified fine for climbing this world heritage site. This site has been closed to visitors since 2008 in order protect it against erosion, graffiti and destruction. RivieraMaya News reported .
Mexico’s Federal Law on Monuments and Archaeological, Artistic and Historical Areas (Federal Law on Monuments and Archaeological, Artistic and Historical Areas) imposes penalties that range from $2,500 up to $5,000, depending on the extent of damage done to a protected area.
Monday was a Monday for the National Institute of Anthropology and History. They said that the temple also known as El Castillo has not been destroyed.
The Maya civilization constructed the step-pyramid between the 8th & 12th centuries AD in order to serve as a temple for Kukulcan the Feather Serpent God.
Nearly a year ago, a Tijuana woman was fined $1000 for climbing the same pyramid after being allegedly drunk.