Mexico: Number of murders of politicians earlier than elections in Mexico rises to not less than 15 | EUROtoday

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Another politician has fallen sufferer to a violent crime in Mexico. Noé Ramos Ferretiz, a candidate for mayor in Ciudad Mante, Tamaulipas state, was attacked, prosecutors stated. She didn’t present any additional particulars. Mexican media reported that Ramos was stabbed on the road throughout his marketing campaign actions.

Ramos' occasion condemned the assault and referred to as for extra safety for candidates within the present election marketing campaign. Tamaulipas public security spokesman Jorge Cuéllar Montoya informed the information web site Millennium, Ramos Ferretiz didn’t request private safety for his election marketing campaign. The politician ran for an alliance between the opposition National Action Party and the Revolutionary Party. He had resigned as mayor on March 3 to run for re-election and had solely been campaigning for 5 days on the time of his assassination.

Death threats already a yr and a half in the past

According to media reviews Infobae Ramos Ferretiz had already reported dying threats towards him in December 2022, when he was already mayor of El Mante. There is theory a few connection to drug trafficking. In reference to the dying threats towards Ramos Ferretiz, State Security Minister Sergio Hernández Chávez García confirmed that not less than eleven municipal presidents had additionally obtained dying threats from legal gangs.

The homicide of Ramos Ferretiz is harking back to that of Gisela Gaytán, a Morena candidate for the municipality of Celaya in Guanajuato, who was shot lifeless in broad daylight in the midst of the road on her first day of campaigning. Her homicide has remained unpunished to today.

Mexico is about to face the largest elections in its historical past: round 21,000 positions will likely be stuffed within the upcoming election on June 2nd, together with the presidency and 9 governorships. The presidential election will definitely see a lady emerge as head of state for the primary time, as the 2 main occasion alliances are every operating with prime candidates. The candidate of the left-wing authorities alliance across the Morena occasion, Claudia Sheinbaum, is main within the polls. Xóchitl Gálvez is operating for the opposition's three-party alliance.

According to the Mexican group Laboratorio Electoral, the 2024 election course of is probably the most violent in trendy Mexican historical past.

Many of these murdered had been members of the ruling occasion

According to official data, not less than 15 politicians have already been killed. According to a research by the Mexican consulting agency Integralia, reported by the Bloomberg information company, 24 candidates had been killed between September 1 and April 1. In addition, nearly 400 individuals related to varied political campaigns have been victims of violence, whether or not via threats, kidnappings or assassinations. More than half of these murdered had been candidates from the ruling Morena occasion.

The motives behind the murders largely stay unknown. The nation's highly effective drug cartels are sometimes behind the assaults. However, knife assaults are uncommon for these gangs.

The state of Tamaulipas has lengthy been characterised by turf wars between drug cartels. At the identical time, based on a May 2023 report by the group Insight Crimes (PDF), the safety scenario has improved over the previous eight years, and Tamaulipas is now one of many most secure states in Mexico. According to the report, legal teams in Mexico have tailored to altering consumption habits within the United States in recent times and are more and more working with artificial opioids corresponding to fentanyl as an alternative of marijuana. Between 2019 and 2022, the variety of fentanyl seizures on the Mexico-U.S. border elevated by 300 p.c. Consumption inside Mexico can also be rising: confirmed in December in a medical journal Harm Reduction Journal printed research for the primary time exhibits that fentanyl has additionally reached the Mexican capital and its environment.