Mexico’s State Commission of Human Rights in the Baja California department, has launched an inquest following circulation of a photo on news network Plex.
In the photo, a topless and barefoot homeless man appears with a noose around his neck, surrounded by six smiling bystanders.
The man in the left of the photo, Pedro Quezada Vázquez, current academic director at the University of Xochicalco has since resigned from his position, following a campaign launched by petition portal Change.org. More than 4000 signatures were received.
“If this is how the director behaves what can we expect from future graduates?” the petition states.
Verónica Casillas, a defense lawyer in the photo, has also since resigned.
“We never had any bad intentions, nor did we wish to cause humiliation,” Francisco Argüelles, Mary Medina, Carlos Cruz, Minerva Borja, Lupita Guerrero, Pedro Quezada Vázquez and Verónica Casillas, the seven in the photo said in a release.
“It’s a shame, we are concerned about how this situation has been managed, it’s an unfortunate photo.”
The photographed also claim that the man approached them with a noose already around his neck, during a night out.
A growing problem?
The total number of people living in poverty in Mexico grew to 55.3 million between 2012 and 2014, according to El Informador.
Oaxaca, Chiapas, Guerrero and Puebla were registered as the poorest states.
In a 2013 report, 35.7 million people were registered without their own private dwelling across Mexico, while 2.25 million were reported as living in over crowed accommodation, according to Aristegui noticias.
Workers on minimum wage in Mexico City could soon receive a 23 percent pay rise, 20 minutos reported.
The country’s minimum wage is recorded at $111 per month, the lowest in Latin America.