A Mexican newspaper has hit out at the “unacceptable, racist” American tourists who allegedly began chanting “Build that wall!” while on a cruise in Cancun.
The refrain, adopted by Donald Trump supporters after he promised to construct a barrier between the United States and its southern neighbour, was sung by young spring breakers, according to The Yucatan Times.
Quoting a honeymooning couple who posted the ordeal on Facebook, the editorial says an occasion that should have “been a dream night” became “a bitter experience”.
Anaximandro Amable, from Perú, posted on Facebook: “Today I was with Suly, my wife (who is a native of Mexico), watching an entertainment show off the coast of Cancun aboard a boat, and at the end of the show, a flock of Americans (maybe under the influence of alcohol, or maybe not), began to sing the infamous “Build that wall” chant louder and louder”.
The newspaper said: “This is just one of the many blameworthy behaviours that young spring breakers have shown recently in Cancun and that are described as acts of xenophobia and discrimination against Mexicans within their own country, which is (or should be) totally unacceptable.”
“Several Mexican tourists on board the ship expressed their annoyance, but the Americans did not stop at all and continued singing the racist hymn.
“This situation is far from being an isolated incident, and it adds to the growing number of complaints from tourism sector workers, who point out that in recent days many Spring Breakers have been offensive, rude and haughty towards Mexican people.”
Yesterday, a contract notice appeared on the US government website, which said the Mexican border wall should be 30-foot high, look good from the American side and be difficult to climb or cut through.
Donald Trump has said he wants to build a “big, beautiful wall” to keep out “bad hombres”.
This week, his approval slumped to a historic low, making him the least popular president in US history.