Saturday, 20. September 2014
17. 07. 14. - 16:00
Two members of the conservative Mexican National Action Party (PAN) have been forced to defend themselves after a snap turned up that appears to show them dressed as Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun.
The snap quickly spread on social media networks where Manuel Escobedo Ceballos, 23, who is secretary of PAN's youth action wing, and his party colleague Karla de la Rosa, 26, were snapped allegedly posing as the Nazi leader and his lover.
Karla de la Rosa, who is an MP in the Mexican city of Chihuahua, said she was woken in the middle of the night by a pal who told her that the pictures had gone viral said she was horrified to have been dragged into the scandal.
She said: "I absolutely reject that I was there at the Halloween party as Eva Braun. My costume was supposed to be Greta Garbo. Of course it's great to wake up to find your suddenly famous but I'm sorry to disappoint all those people who say anything different and in fact it isn't true. It would almost be funny if it wasn't tragic because there are so many more important things to deal with in Chihuahua than a costume at a Halloween party and whether or not it was Eva Braun or Greta Garbo.
"I don't support the Nazis and if there is anything from Germany that I can be accused of liking, it's their football which I supported during the World Cup."
PAN spokesman, Alfredo Pinera, branded the sharing of the photos a cheap PR stunt by party rivals at PRI which he said was a bid to gain more votes in the next election in 2015.
He said: "The pictures were taken out of context and designed to damage the image of these young politicians."
Ceballos declined to comment on the snaps but a friend confirmed that they were taken at a Halloween party and repeated the suspicion that rival politicians had leaked them to the media to damage the reputation of his party.
He said that he felt that Ceballos dressing up with a Hitler-style moustache and cropped hair, and also with a military costume similar to the one worn by Hitler, including a swastika, was perfectly appropriate for a scary Halloween party.
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