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International News: Mayoral candidate of Celaya, Mexico shot dead just as she began campaign

Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2024. 1:53 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On Monday, Mayoral candidate for Celaya in Guanajuato, Mexico Bertha Gisela Gaytán Gutiérrez was shot to death on a street in a town just outside the city.

According to CBS, Gutierrez had just commenced her campaign when she was murdered.

Several videos on social media showed a group of people shouting “Morena!” – the name of Gaytán’s party. At that moment, several shots can be heard and people are seen running and falling down.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said the killing of his own party’s candidates “hurts a lot,” but he did not announce any increase in security for politicians. 

“They have just murdered our candidate from Celaya… This is something that has us angry, shocked, in mourning. We are going to suspend campaign activities,” said Alma Alcaraz, another candidate from Morena party.

Reports indicate that earlier on Monday, Gaytan said publicly that she had asked for protection for her campaign.

The governor of the state of Guanajuato Diego Sinhue, wrote on X that the attack would “not go unpunished.”

Gaytan’s murder is the latest killing in the increasingly bloody runup to Mexico’s June 2 elections. At least 14 candidates have been killed since the start of 2024.

 

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