A tourist has been captured on video being beaten with a stick by a passerby after climbing a sacred temple in Mexico.
The incident took place over the weekend at the archaeological site of Chichén Itzá on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, a popular tourist attraction, and involved an unidentified tourist from Poland running up the steps of the pyramid of Kukulkan, which is frowned upon by locals, The Independent reported.
In videos of the scene, which have gone viral on social media, the tourist can be seen being taken out of the pyramid by two Mexican officials and then beaten with a stick by a passerby.
“Are you stupid?” a spectator shouted at the tourist.
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The Pole was reportedly arrested and held for 12 hours before being released.
The director of Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) told the Mexico Daily Post that the tourist was fined 5,000 pesos ($263) for the incident.
“Tourists must respect INAH’s security measures in the archaeological area to preserve Mexico’s cultural heritage, take care of other visitors and enjoy this Mayan heritage,” INAH director José Arturo Chab said. Cardenas.
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A similar incident occurred in November when a tourist was mobbed by passersby and pelted with water for climbing the same pyramid, Fox Tampa Bay reported.
Climbing the sacred site has been prohibited since 2008 due to efforts by the Mexican government to preserve the Mayan pyramids.
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Fox News Digital reached out to the National Institute of Anthropology and History for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.