Dismissal of the British Ambassador to Mexico After Brandishing a Gun at a Colleague

A report published by the “Financial Times” revealed that the British ambassador to Mexico was dismissed from his position after he pointed a gun at an employee of the local embassy, and a video of the incident spread on social media.

According to the British newspaper, the incident occurred earlier this year when John Benjamin was on an official trip to the states of Durango and Sinaloa, northern Mexico, areas known for drug cartel activity. Benjamin took a gun from the car he was in and pointed it at a colleague, as shown in the video.

The newspaper explained that foreign officials visiting dangerous areas in Mexico usually travel with armed staff for protection. Benjamin was dismissed from his position shortly after the incident, which occurred in April.

A video of the incident was published this week on the social network “X” by an anonymous account, believed to be run by embassy staff angry about the mistreatment of local employees. In the five-second clip, the car appears stopped and the face of the colleague who had the gun pointed at them is blurred.

The anonymous account stated: “Despite the daily killings in Mexico by drug traffickers, he dares to joke.”

The “Financial Times” also noted that Benjamin is no longer listed as an ambassador on the UK government website, and that his former deputy is now the chargé d’affaires.

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