Citizens hold Mayor captive and demand ransom to pay for his failed campaign promises
Locals demanded a ransom of Kshs 50 million for his release
However, dissatisfied locals decided they weren’t going to sit around and wait for his term to end while he continued to lead them on with more empty promises.
A large number of Chichiquila residents staged a massive protest in front of the city hall, demanding that he deliver on all the things he promised during his campaign, including the construction of an important bridge.
It’s not clear exactly how things escalated, but what we do know is that at one point the protesters overwhelmed the few police officers present on the scene and locked the mayor and his staff in the town hall.
Claiming that they could no longer believe anything he said, locals demanded a ransom of $506,000 (Kshs 50 million) for his release, with the money going toward the projects that he promised in his campaign.
El Sol de Puebla reports that after several hours of negotiations, Alfonso Hernández Montiel decided to pay $152,000 (Kshs 15 million) on the spot along with the promise that he would pay the rest in the following days.
Even though they had previously said that they no longer believed in his promises, the protesters agreed and the mayor was allowed to leave the town hall.
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