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At least 64 Mexican politicians killed ahead of elections

  • The build-up to the June polls in Mexico has been marred by the murders of at (*64*) 64 politicians.
  • Security Minister Rosa Icela Rodriguez stated 73 instances of political violence had been registered between September and February.
  • Rodriguez stated authorities was working to curb improve in crimes concentrating on politicians.

At (*64*) 64 Mexican politicians have been murdered previously six months, the federal government stated Thursday, three months ahead of elections, which generally unleash a wave of politically motivated violence.

Politicians within the Latin American nation, notably on the native stage, usually fall sufferer to bloodshed related to corruption and the multi-billion-dollar medication commerce.



The authorities stated it will enhance safety for candidates ahead of the 6 June nationwide, regional and native polls.

“Organised and white-collar crime have a varied repertoire of actions to influence these elections, through strategies of complicity or violent pressure,” stated Security Minister Rosa Icela Rodriguez.

She stated that 73 instances of political violence had been registered between September and February, together with 64 murders.

“We’re working to curb the increase in these crimes because criminal organisations seek to strengthen their operations through intimidation and increasing their political influence,” Rodriguez informed reporters.

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The most typical crimes concentrating on politicians are homicide, kidnapping, threats towards kin, arson assaults on houses and extortion.

In November, Florisel Rios, a mayor in japanese Veracruz state, was kidnapped and killed.

In January, gunmen shot lifeless a regional congressman, Juan Antonio Acosta Cano, in central Guanajuato state, which like Veracruz is the scene of a lethal turf warfare between rival cartels.

Last month, Leobardo Ramos Lazaro, a mayor within the southern state of Oaxaca, was shot lifeless whereas travelling in his truck.

According to the consulting agency Etellekt, 153 politicians had been murdered throughout a very bloody marketing campaign for the 2018 elections, and 90 % of the crimes stay unpunished.

More than 300 000 individuals have been murdered because the authorities deployed the army to battle drug trafficking in 2006, in response to the authorities, who say most of the killings are linked to gang violence.


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