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    113 Politicians Have Been Killed, Mexico

    113 Politicians Have Been Killed Ahead Of Mexico’s Election. There Are Still Two Weeks To Go.

    A politician killed on a public bus. A candidate murdered while taking a selfie. This campaign season may be the deadliest ever.

    Posted on June 13, 2018, at 12:40 p.m.

    MEXICO CITY — It has been a brutal electoral season, even by Mexico’s violent standards.

    At least 113 candidates, pre-candidates, and current and former politicians have been killed and 300 more have suffered some form of aggression since September, according to Etellekt, a Mexico City–based public policy consultancy. Even the government’s tally — 34, which considers only candidates — pushes this particular death toll to nearly four per month.

    Astonishing as these numbers are, they only tell part of the story: There are hundreds of candidates who have backed out of their races out of fear for their safety, and many others who have curbed their campaign activities. This poses a significant challenge to Mexico’s relatively young democracy, already crippled by systemic corruption and widespread impunity.

    “Violence is altering the profile of candidates,” Alejandro Hope, a security analyst, told BuzzFeed News. “Who sticks around? The reckless and those who collude [with criminals].”

    The attacks have been brazen. Last month, several commandos went around Ignacio Zaragoza, a town of less than 7,000 people about 200 miles southwest of El Paso, Texas, burning houses and cars belonging to several local candidates. They killed Liliana García, who was running for town councilor. In a video circulating on social media, a large plume of smoke is seen coming out of a building in broad daylight while a woman weeps in the background. In another, rapid gunfire is heard on an empty street.

    Less than three weeks ago, Paula Gutiérrez Morales, a local leader of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, in a tiny community in Guerrero State, was shot inside a public bus in front of other passengers.

    On Friday, Fernando Purón, a candidate for local congress, was shot while posing for a selfie in Piedras Negras, just west of Eagle Pass, Texas, after an election debate.

    Representatives for two of the main political parties confirmed to BuzzFeed News that some of their strongest candidates have chosen to step away, leaving a vacuum that has been difficult to fill. About 600 people in total from the different parties have backed out of their races in recent months, according to Carlos Figueroa Ibarra, head of human rights at Morena, the political party leading presidential polls.

    “We’ve had to register comrades that are perhaps less well-known,” said Ángel Ávila, spokesperson for the “For Mexico to the Front” coalition, whose presidential candidate, Ricardo Anaya, is second in most polls.


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    Police officers guard a crime scene where mayoral candidate Santana Cruz Bahena was gunned down at his home in the municipality of Hidalgotitlán, in the state of Veracruz, Mexico, Nov. 20, 2017.

    The Interior Ministry announced in April that it would again provide the presidential candidates with secret service and federal police agents, as it has in the last two elections. But the concern goes beyond the top tier. Last month, Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete Prida said that the federal government is providing security to more than 30 candidates — six of them local.

    Despite this, politicians feel more vulnerable than ever.

    “This is evidence of Mexico’s decay,” said Figueroa, adding that volunteers couldn’t enter a handful of neighborhoods in Durango State, in northern Mexico, to hand out flyers, because it was simply too dangerous.

    “One cannot carry out a normal campaign,” said Ávila. He said that one of the parties in the coalition, the Party of the Democratic Revolution, did not present candidates in at least three municipalities in Sinaloa State because “the necessary security conditions” did not exist.

    Homicides reached a record high in 2017, a foreseeable outcome after several years marked by mass disappearances and massacres committed by state forces alongside ubiquitous drug violence. Despite this, the ruling PRI said no corner of Mexico has become off-limits.

    The PRI’s candidates are “visiting every house, every street, every neighborhood of the country,” said César Castillejos, the party’s spokesperson. The PRI is in third place in most polls.

    Candidates, skeptical about having police escort them since local forces are often in cahoots with criminal groups, have instead adhered to guidelines often followed by the general population: Stay away from highways and deserted towns after 7 p.m., and travel in groups whenever possible.

    Election season in Mexico is usually a violent affair, but this year violence may hit an all-time high, says Rubén Salazar, director of Etellekt. One of the reasons may be that there have never been so many positions up for grabs during one electoral period in the country’s history: 3,408, including local lawmakers, mayors, and the federal congress.


    The family of slain Institutional Revolutionary Party congressional candidate Abel Montufar Mendoza mourns over his casket during his funeral at a cemetery in Chilpancingo, Guerrero State, Mexico, May 10.

    Adding to the chaos, the state’s 12-year-long offensive against cartels has led to their fragmentation and the proliferation of hundreds of tiny local offshoots. Whereas before the cartels operated on the sidelines — with the state’s tacit acceptance — the smaller groups are looking to gain official power.

    “Many years ago, crime used to be controlled, or administered, by the state,” Supreme Court Judge José Ramón Cossío told BuzzFeed News. Now, “in some cases, it seems like crime is beginning to gain territory in the governing bodies.”

    One of the most egregious examples of this growing trend was José Luis Abarca, the mayor of Iguala, where 43 students were taken by municipal police agents in 2014, never to be seen again. Abarca was arrested shortly after on murder, kidnapping, and organized crime–related charges. (His wife was also arrested for alleged organized crime connections.)


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    Figueroa said that Morena staffers have had to ask some pre-candidates and candidates to back down from the race after getting tips from locals about potential ties to organized crime.

    “We cannot see a line between organized crime and legal politics,” said Figueroa.

    Virtually every political party has had a candidate, pre-candidate, or affiliated politician killed, though the ruling party leads the list with 40 homicides, according to Etellekt’s latest report. Nearly all of the 32 states in the country have also been affected, with Guerrero and Oaxaca States, on Mexico’s Pacific coast, accumulating the bulk of the homicides. Analysts say organized crime and local criminal groups are behind many of the murders, though some appear to have been committed by political rivals.

    The effects of this onslaught will be felt for a long time, analysts warn. If elected officials are discovered to have links to organized crime, they will first have to be stripped of their official immunity and then tried in a criminal court — an unlikely outcome in the country topping the Americas list within the 2017 Global Impunity Index.

    And yet, people are focused on election day, as if “the entire country will end on July 1 and the entire country will be reborn on July 1,” said Cossío, the Supreme Court judge, who called the current state in Mexico an electoral fog.

    “I’m worried about July 2.”

    Karla Zabludovsky is the Mexico bureau chief and Latin America correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in Mexico City.

    Contact Karla Zabludovsky at

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    As Fox News reports, the entire police force of a small Mexican town in Michoacan, a province in western Mexico, has been arrested on suspicion of being involved in the murder of a mayoral candidate.

    In all, 28 officers in Ocampo, Michoacan, in western Mexico have been transferred to the internal affairs unit of the state security secretariat.
    The probe is reportedly focusing on potential violations of the police code of conduct - though the official statement on the arrests didn't include any more details.
    "All of them are being interviewed to proceed as due under law in the event anyone has taken part in acts that violate the town's codes," according to the Security Secretariat.
    Mayoral candidate Fernando Angeles, who was the candidate of the center-left Party of the Democratic Revolution in the city, which is home to 24,000 people, was shot dead on Thursday. And less than 24 hours before Angeles' death, Omar Gomez, an independent candidate for mayor of Anguililla, also in Michoacan, was fatally shot. Before that, a candidate for mayor of Taretan, also in the state of Michoacan, was killed on June 14, according to the AFP.

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    This should teach the sheep to stay out of politics.

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    Anti-cartel Mexican politician is shot point blank in the back of the head while taking a selfie with a fan, making him the 112th politician to be murdered in the country since SEPTEMBER

    • Fernando Purón, former mayor of Piedras Negras, had been participating in a congressional debate on Friday
    • While taking selfies with constituents, a bearded man came up behind Purón and shot him in the head
    • The 43-year-old political candidate had been known for his work fighting against the Los Zetas cartel
    • Purón's death makes him as the 112th political candidate to be murdered in Mexico since September of last year
    • More than 1,000 candidates have dropped out of the July 1 local elections out of fear of being murdered by gangs

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    Dead politicians?

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    Nothing to see here, move along. Politics and drug wars are not involved. The vast majority of these attacks are personal in nature. The guy in the bus got in an altercation over man-spreading. The guy taking the selfie was having an affair with the gunman's wife. The guy who had his house burned down was just a neighbor dispute over a pile of leaves. Nothing political here.
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