Mexican government refuses to help folk dance company stuck in Bulgaria after being scammed

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Without financial resources, food or a place to sleep, dancers from Mexico’s San Marcos Folk Dance Company spent more than 48 hours stranded at Sofia airport in Bulgaria after representing Mexico at a festival international folklore festival organized in different European countries. .

However, what seemed like a rewarding and unforgettable experience ended up becoming a nightmare for the 17 dancers who are now asking for help to return to Mexico.

Through a video posted on their social networks, the Folkloric Dance Company denounced having been the victim of a scam by Luis Adrián Mora Fuentes, who is the director of the Femexart association (Mexican Federation of the Arts).

“We need your help because we have been scammed by this person, there are no return flights and there will be no return flights. We have no more money for food, everything we bought, both flights and short trips, came out of our pockets,” one of the dancers said in the video shared on social media.

According to what was declared by the dancers stranded in Europe, the organization of the festival provided 750,000 pesos for the tour to be carried out, however, this amount was not used because the expenses were borne by the dancers.

So what happened to that amount of money? The dancers accuse the director of the Mexican Federation of Arts (Femexart) of having kept it, in addition to the fact that they were not informed of the salary they would receive, so they assume that this money was also kept by Luis Adrián Mora Sources.

“He’s not answering messages anymore, he’s not answering calls anymore, we’re blocked by him on social media and we really need his help,” said one of the dancers from the San Marcos Folkloric Dance Company.

In addition, the Mexican dancers pointed out that they had several fake flights that were not even paid for and for which they only had a supposed reservation.

In an interview with the media, the spokesperson for the Folk Dance Company of San Marcos explained that the organization of the festival would be responsible for paying the daily allowances of the dancers (food, accommodation and transport) for what would be the Federation association of the arts (Femexart) which would cover the cost of flights from Mexico to Europe.

However, things started to get murky when five flights for the 17 dancers went unpaid by the Mexican Federation of Arts (Femexart), resulting in an expense for the dancers of just over 80,000 Mexican pesos. .

The spokesperson for the San Marcos Folkloric Dance Company also stressed that they understood that the organization of the festival would pay Luis Adrián Mora Fuentes just over 50,000 pesos, however, the director of Femexart also kept the money uncovered flights and the alleged salary that the dancers should have received.

The group of 17 Mexican dancers stranded in Sofia, Bulgaria, requested the intervention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) and asked for help from the Mexican Consulate in the European country, but unfortunately they did not get the response awaited since, according to their own statements, the staff of the embassy refused to provide them with support because there are too many people.

“We spoke to the Mexican consulate in Bulgaria, but they told us that they couldn’t do anything for us because there were too many people. We investigated and it appears they are not looking to take people away,” the spokesperson for the San Marcos Folk Dance Company said in a media interview.

Faced with this situation, the family and friends of the company’s dancers demonstrated this Thursday, September 8 in front of the National Palace to demand financial support to bring them back to Mexico and sanctions for the director of the Mexican Federation of Arts (Femexart ).

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