Russian tourists Denis attacked for refusing to pay ‘toll’ to mob of Mexican protesters

A Russian tourist Denis was attacked on a highway in Chiapas by a group of protesters on Monday after she refused to pay them a toll, the state Attorney General’s Office said in a statement. 

The shocking caught-on-video assault happened Monday on the Ocosingo-San Cristobal de las Casas Highway in Quintana Roo, with about 20 men stopping the tourists’ vehicle, Mexican News Daily reported.

The visitor, identified only as Denis, was driving on the Ocosingo-San Cristóbal de las Casas highway with Quintana Roo license plates when she came upon the protesters in the municipality of Oxchuc, 107 kilometers east of Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the statement said. 

The assailants forced her out of her vehicle when she refused to pay an unofficial toll charge, before they vandalized the car and assaulted her. However, she managed to escape, the statement added. 

Cellphone phone footage of the incident, first published by the Mexican Spanish-language news outlet Milenio, shows the protesters — most of them wielding sticks — confront the couple after pulling them from the car.

One tourist, a shirtless man, is seen trying to fend off the attack as the men grow increasingly violent, as they can then be seen kicking at the couple and waving the sticks menacingly.

At least one of the assailants can be seen throwing punches.

According to Mexican News Daily, groups identifying themselves as political demonstrators or protesters in Mexico occasionally create roadblocks — typically in spots where there are speed bumps — to set up the toll-collecting scams.

The Russians were eventually able to get away after their car was vandalized.

The state Attorney General’s Office is now investigating the incident.


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