Politicians always make promises they can’t keep during electoral campaigns, but voters hardly ever hold them responsible for lying. Well, residents in a small Mexican town recently decided to teach their mayor a lesson for failing to fulfill his campaign promises by parading him in women’s clothes for four straight days.
Javier Sebastián Jiménez Santiz won the mayoral race in the town of Huixtán on promises of improving the local water system, but failed to live up to the expectations of his constituents. Late last month, after getting sick of his excuses and promises, locals stormed into the mayor’s office and dressed up Santiz and municipal trustee Luis Ton in women’s clothing. Mayor Santiz had to wear a long dark skirt and white blouse with ruffles and flowery embroidery, while Ton was given a bright pink dress with white polka dots. You can see them -- click HERE.
The two officials were paraded through Huixtán for at least four days, starting July 30th, in front of crowds of locals holding signs denouncing their failings. And as if having to wear brightly colored women’s dresses in public wasn’t humiliating enough, the two local officials were forced to stop motorists in traffic and beg them for donations for projects they had vowed to complete during their campaign.
Public shaming of local officials is not that uncommon in Central and South America. Last year, the people of Chichiquila took their mayor hostage and demanded a ransom for his release, after he also failed to fulfill his campaign promises. Also in 2018, the people of San Buenaventura, a small town in northern Bolivia, put their mayor in stocks for doing a poor job serving them.