U.S. Anti-Lockdown Activist Causes A Stir In Mexico
MEXICO CITY — Many U.S. cities have recently witnessed coronavirus lockdown protests. And in Mexico, one American citizen decided to protest in his own way, sparking controversy in the country — while infuriating the U.S ambassador.
Gavin Seim identifies himself as an American activist and refugee in Mexico. He posted a video online confronting police in the city of Querétaro.
In the video, Seim walks through a public square closed as a pandemic protection measure. The officers ask him to leave, but Siem says he has a constitutional right to cross any public space.
Seim wasn’t arrested and doesn’t face any charges.
The video went viral and caught the eye of U.S. ambassador Christopher Landau, who called Seim on Twitter: "a spoiled brat," an "embarrassment" and "the perfect example of the Ugly American."
You are a spoiled brat and an embarrassment to our country. Your little video is a perfect example of the “Ugly American,” and yet you congratulate yourself publicly on your superiority. Guess what? You don’t get to decide which laws of Mexico to obey. Making a fool of yourself.— Embajador Christopher Landau (@USAmbMex) April 22, 2020
Seim replied that he just wants the law to be respected.