Protesters stormed a mayor’s office in the town of Las Margaritas in the state of Chipas, Mexico and humiliated him on Tuesday.
Angry farmers broke into Mayor Jorge Luis Escandon’s office, seized him up and dragged him through the town from the back of a pickup truck.
The protesters, who are members of the Tojolabal indigenous community, armed themselves with clubs before breaking into the mayor’s office.
According to witnesses, Mr Escandon was tied up and pushed outside before he was tied to the back of the pickup truck. He was then dragged for several dozen metres down the street, before police and public employees intervened and freed Mr Escandon, who survived without major injury.
The mayor accused his attackers of trying to intimidate him.
“Around 50 or 60 people came in three pickup trucks, armed with clubs and looking to kidnap city officials to extort us and get what they’ve always wanted: to be given money,” he said.
“They started struggling, carrying me, tied up one foot and dragged me out of my office to the street.”
State prosecutor Jorge Luis Llaven said the attackers were demanding more public resources, including direct cash transfers, for their rural community, Santa Rita El Invernadero.
Mexico’s Leftist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has introduced a policy of providing public assistance in the form of cash payments to beneficiaries, in order to stem corruption by cutting out bureaucratic middlemen.
Eleven people have been arrested and a dozen injured in the melee.
Chiapas state police were also sent to help restore order in Las Margaritas, a town of 20,000 people near Mexico’s border with Guatemala.
This is not the first time farmers from Santa Rita El Invernadero have staged a violent protest.
Four months ago they vandalised the town hall, demanding that Mr Escandon fulfill promises he had made during the 2018 campaign.