Mexican woman Laura Alicia Caldero arrested for ‘sitting under a palm tree on a private beach’ at Playa del Carmen

Woman arrested for 'sitting under a palm tree on a private beach'
Laura Alicia Caldero’s friends filmed her arrest (Picture: CEN)

Catching some rays on the beach is one of the few things everyone can enjoy equally, regardless of your wealth.

Sadly this doesn’t seem to be the case in Mexico where some of the country’s beautiful beaches are reportedly reserved for foreigners.

One Mexican woman learnt about this the hard way recently after she was led away in handcuffs after relaxing on one of said beaches.

Friends of Laura Alicia Caldero, 26, said security guards were stopping locals from going to the luxurious Playa del Carmen resort in Eastern Mexico.

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Her friend Marc Paez Chacon said: ‘We told them you were not allowed to privatise the beach and went and sat under the shade of a palm tree. But then security guards suddenly turned up and told us that we had to pay for the use of the palm tree.

‘We thought it was a joke, but when we refused police turned up.’

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Pic shows: Laura Alicia Caldero arrested by police officers. A video which shows a young woman in a light blue bikini being led away in handcuffs by armed police officers because she was taking up space on a private beach reserved for paying foreigners has caused heated debate in Mexico. According to friends of Laura Alicia Caldero, 26, security guards were preventing locals from going onto the beach at the Mamitas Beach on the Playa del Carmen tourist resort, in the Quintana Roo state in Eastern Mexico. Her friend Marc Paez Chacon said: "We told them you were not allowed to privatise the beach and went and sat under the shade of a palm tree. But then suddenly turned up and told us that we had to pay for the use of the palm tree. We thought it was a joke, but when we refused police turned up. "They told us we would have to pay a fine and move on, but Laura refused and ended up being arrested." The beach is one of the most popular among two respectively from Europe and the United States, and the video footage of the young woman's arrest has caused widespread outrage. On the woman can be heard saying [00:02] They took me because I was sitting under a palm tree. [00:06] Speaking of camera a woman can then be heard saying that the palm tree isnít apparently for the public although it was a public beach. [00:13] the second can be heard asking: "And where are you now? [00:14] We are here in Mamitas, I was under a palm tree Commentators included Gabriel Hernandez who wrote: "Our beaches are for Yankees and Europeans, get used to it." And another named Leviathan added: "According to the law, you canít privatize a beach. She should issue a complaint." Underneath Pedro had added: "An opportunist who rents palm trees there probably called the police." And Adriana Salez Hernandez added: "Had she been a foreign tourist, they wouldnít have touched her: According to police who confirmed the arrest the young woman was with three male friends, and while they had all opted to pay a 1600 pesos fine (70 GBP) the young woman had refused, and arrested. But Juan Carlos Pereira Escudero, secretary of the Playa del Carmen Council, denied that the local tourist was taken because she was sitting under a palm tree asked to pay for the shade. He said the young woman "assaulted a group of private guards". (ends)
Not the best way to end a day at the beach (Picture: CEN)

The group were ordered to move on, however plucky Laura refused and was arrested.

The incident has sparked outrage in Mexico, with some people claiming the group would not have been charged if they were tourists, and that Laura wouldn’t have been arrested if she were not a local.

A police report stated three men opted to pay a 1600 pesos (£70) fine, however one woman refused and instead was arrested – however the report does not specify what the group were being fined for.

Juan Carlos Pereira Escudero, secretary of the Playa del Carmen Council, said that the young Mexican woman was not arrested because she refused to pay a fine, but rather because she ‘assaulted a group of private guards’.

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6 April 2015 | 4:56 pm – Source: metro.co.uk

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