Published on : Wednesday, April 5, 2017
The Mexican police have started investigating after a group of 25 German tourists and also three Mexicans have been robbed off by a few armed men. These tourists were on their way to Palenque that is a famous Mayan archaeological site located in the southern Chiapas state.
The bus driver was compelled to take a long detour after he discovered that the road leading to Palenque was blocked by protesters.
Police escorted the bus for part of the way. But then, it stopped little distance short of Palenque because the officers said that their jurisdiction ended just there. Shortly afterwards, a group of seven armed men boarded the bus while it was driving slowly along an uneven strip of road.
They threatened the driver with a gun so he would not drive off.
Thereafter, he forced the travellers to hand over their cash and cameras, as declared by one of the Mexican guides on board the bus. This incident took place on Saturday. But, it did not become public until Monday. The bus had left the city of San Cristobal de las Casas in the morning for Palenque which is just a little under five hours’ drive away.
After encountering the roadblock, the driver took a 200 km detour.
These armed men had boarded the bus a short while after the police patrol had left them and just before it was supposed to arrive at the archaeological site. The police arrived a few minutes after the robbers took off with their loot.
The incident happened just a few days after the Chiapas state government declared that it is going to launch an operation to increase the patrols on the highway linking San Cristobal and Palenque.
Over 650,000 people had visited Palenque in the year 2016.