TikTok captures an angry mob berating a tourist who climbed a protected Mayan pyramid in Mexico: ‘lock her up’

A video of a person climbing the pyramid of Chichén Itzá went viral.TikTok: @angelalopeze

  • An unknown woman climbed the historic pyramid of Chichén Itzá in Mexico and danced on the steps.

  • She was escorted down and booed by people who threw water on her when she reached the bottom.

  • Clips of the incident have gone viral on Twitter and TikTok accusing her of being disrespectful.

Footage of a woman climbing the steps of a protected Mayan pyramid in Mexico as a crowd of people yell at her has blown up online, with many viewers accusing her of being disrespectful.

A version of the clip, uploaded by TikTok user @angelalopeze on Nov. 21 and garnered 3.7 million views, shows an unidentified woman climbing the steps of Chichén Itzá, also known as El Castillo, a historic Mayan site in Yucatán, Mexico, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The woman can be seen walking up the pyramid and dancing on the steps. She is followed by what appears to be a member of security who motions for her to come down.

A gathering crowd is heard yelling at the woman as she descends the stairs. Downstairs she is met by a mob of people who jeer at her and throw water at her as she is led away. The crowd’s chants, mostly in Spanish, include “get out,” “lock her up,” and “jail!”

The caption on the TikTok video reads, “this is so disrespectful…don’t mess with my Mexican people.” Many of the top commentators seemed to agree, while others emphasized the safety risks of the climb.

A comment with more than 8,000 likes said, “I don’t understand why they want to climb it. It’s so steep and it’s historic. I mean one mistake and they tumble to their deaths.”

Another video of the incident posted on Twitter, which has been viewed more than 7.1 million times, shows the woman being led through the crowd of people throwing bottles at her, and one person grabbing hold of her hair.

While tourists used to be able to climb the pyramid, Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) has banned visitors from climbing the monuments since 2008. Under the Mexican Federal Law on Archaeological, Artistic and Historical Monuments and Areas, anyone who desecrates the pyramid or such areas is subject to sanction and a fine of up to 50,000 pesos ($2,572.97).

A statement provided to Insider by Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History confirmed that the woman, identified as a tourist, “breached the ban on entering El Castillo’s steps, affecting the operation of the site.”

“The Ministry of Culture and the INAH call on the general public to respect the provisions established for public visits to archaeological zones and historical sites, committed to ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience,” the statement continued. “As well as to ensure the preservation of heritage sites.”

It added that the incident had been turned over to Yucatán’s public security authorities.

Local law enforcement in Yucatán did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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