Mexicans Are Pissed That Other Kidnap Victims Don’t Get The Alan Pulido Treatment
Mexican soccer player Alan Pulido is no stranger to making headlines.
The 25-year-old first made news in 2014 when he entered a bitter dispute with Mexican club team Tigres of Monterrey. Pulido wanted to leave the team to play in Europe, but Tigres claimed they owned his rights and had a contract to prove it. Pulido said the contract was falsified, took off for Europe in search of a team and ended up in Greece, where he signed with Olympiacos.
Pulido made WORLDWIDE news after he was kidnapped near his hometown of Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
Pulido, who was on vacation, was reportedly kidnapped after leaving a party with his girlfriend. The kidnappers let Pulido’s girlfriend go and then contacted his family asking for a ransom.
What happened next sounds almost too exciting to be true: A day later, Pulido fought a kidnapper, called the cops and returned to his family safe and sound.Government of Tamaulipas
That’s right, according to Pulido, his escape went down like a scene from a Hollywood blockbuster.
First, Pulido found himself a classic movie scenario: He was left alone with one goon. Pulido pounced on the lone kidnapper…Burn After Reading / Focus Features
Disarmed him…Rush Hour / New Line Cinema
Took his cell phone…Credit: Peteneems.com
And then called an emergency number to tip off authorities to his location.Credit: Peteneems.com
The only injury Pulido suffered was a cut to his hand while breaking a window.
He didn’t jump out of the window, btw. While speaking to law enforcement officials, Pulido broke the window and stuck his head out to help describe the location where he was being held. He was eventually rescued by law enforcement officials and given a medical examination.
Happy ending, right? Not quite. Some are questioning the official story.Government of Tamaulipas
Journalist Alejandro Hope took to Twitter to express his skepticism.
Una de dos: Alan Pulido fue víctima de los secuestradores más incompetentes del planeta, o hay algo que no han querido revelar.
— Alejandro Hope (@ahope71) May 30, 2016
“One of two things: Alan Pulido was the victim of the most inept kidnappers on the planet, or there’s something [authorities] don’t want to reveal.”
Hope, along with other journalists, found it curious that Pulido was kidnapped and rescued within 24 hours in a state known for its high rate of kidnapping. In 2015, there were 230 kidnappings in Tamaulipas. This year, there have been 41. Some have speculated that the kidnapping was staged to help the ruling political party fend off criticism about their lack of action in other kidnappings. On June 5th, an election for the next governor of Tamaulipas will take place.
This tweet summed up how frustrated some Mexicans are with the situation:
Si tan rápido como encontraron a Pulido encontraran a los otros miles de desaparecidos, otro país tendríamos
— Angry Red (@ArthurBirder) May 31, 2016
“If they could find the thousands of people who have disappeared as fast as they found Pulido, we’d have a different country.”
What did Pulido have to say? He thanked fans for their support and prayers:
— PULIDO 1️⃣7️⃣ (@puliidooo) May 30, 2016
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