- Title: Russian attacked by angry mob recovering in Cancun, one man is dead
- Date: 23rd May 2017
- Summary: CANCUN, QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO (MAY 22, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** EXTERIOR OF QUINTANA ROO STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL OFFICES SIGN AT ATTORNEY GENERAL OFFICES GENERAL VIEW OF NEWS CONFERENCE WITH MEDIA AND QUINTANA ROO STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL, MIGUEL ANGEL PECH (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) QUINTANA ROO STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL, MIGUEL ANGEL PECH, SAYING: "Since September of 2014, this Russian citizen entered the country and was given permanent residence due to humanitarian reasons. However, in January of this year, 2017, this migratory condition was revoked by the National Immigration Institute, therefore his migration situation in this country is irregular." MEDIA AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) QUINTANA ROO STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL, MIGUEL ANGEL PECH, SAYING: "There were missions by municipal police agents (who did) not complete with protocol, not only to protect the individual, but also to prevent damage to private property. This Attorney General will also analyse to lay responsibility, not only for these police elements, but also those people who took justice into their own hands and entered the home, destroying windows, doors and who also recorded the assault without acting which can be seen on social media." PENAL LAW BOOK AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) QUINTANA ROO STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL, MIGUEL ANGEL PECH, SAYING: "On the medical side, the Russian citizen has been conscious since Sunday (May 21) afternoon, and is oriented to person, place and time. Also, he is tolerant to receiving food, to receiving liquids." PECH STANDING UP AT END OF NEWS CONFERENCE PECH WALKING AWAY AT END OF NEWS CONFERENCE CANCUN, QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO (MAY 19, 2017) (REUTERS) POLICE VEHICLE DRIVING PAST SCENE WITH GROUP OF PEOPLE ASSEMBLED OUTSIDE HOME OF RUSSIAN MAN ALEKSEI MAKEEV PEOPLE GATHERED WITH THEIR MOBILE PHONES OUT TO FILM POLICE ON DUTY NEAR GATHERED CROWD CROWD GATHERED OUTSIDE MAKEEV'S HOME CROWD ENTERING HOME SOUNDS HEARD OF DAMAGE BEING CAUSED TO HOME CROWD GATHERED AROUND MAN INJURED IN ATTACK
- Embargoed: 6th June 2017 03:30
- Keywords: mob attack Cancun death Mexico racist insults hospital Russia Russian citizen
- Location: CANCUN, QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO
- City: CANCUN, QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO
- Country: Mexico
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Crime
- Reuters ID: LVA0016I250MB
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- Story Text: ATTENTION EDITORS: VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH
Authorities in Mexico have launched an investigation after an angry mob attacked a Russian man in the Caribbean resort of Cancun with sticks and rocks over his repeated insults against locals, resulting in the death of one individual in the melee, officials reported.
Police rescued a Russian national, identified as Aleksei Makeev, after the crowd stormed his apartment on Friday (May 19), authorities reported.
Blurry footage of the attack circulated widely on Mexican media on Saturday (May 20). In one clip, assailants can be heard shouting "You're going to die" and "I'm going to cut your head off" as they closed in on the Russian man.
The Russian national has reportedly been in Mexico since 2014 and was offered permanent residence on humanitarian grounds.
But he soon became a local nuisance due to his alleged verbal attacks on Mexicans that he would upload onto social media.
Police at the scene of the attack and those citizens who took part will be under investigation.
As the violence in Makeev's home unfolded, the Russian citizen reportedly stabbed a youth who got into his apartment, prompting the mob to grow and the violence to escalate, officials reported.
The youth later died of his injuries. Makeev, who was taken to hospital for treatment, is being held there under protective custody, the official said.
Makeev has since regained consciousness in hospital and is recovering from the attack.
Mexico is reportedly seeking contact with Russian authorities to deport the foreign national.
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