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Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2024. 10:39 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Two assaults targeting mayoral candidates in Mexico’s upcoming June elections have resulted in the deaths of 9 individuals in Chiapas, a state plagued by organized crime, Mexican officials indicated.

Although both candidates survived, one sustained injuries during the attacks that occurred late Saturday and early Sunday in the towns of Villa Corzo and Mapastepec, according to an official statement.

These incidents signify a surge in violence against political figures in Chiapas ahead of the June 2 election, which also includes the presidential race.

Last week, 6 people were killed in another attack including Mayoral candidate Lucero Lopez and a minor.

Data from the NGO Data Civica indicates that more than two dozen politicians have been assassinated since September of the previous year, with the tally surpassing 50 when including relatives and other victims of these attacks.

The prosecutor’s office revealed that the assault in Villa Corzo was aimed at a convoy transporting Mayor Robertony Orozco, who seeks re-election under the Morena party of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Three individuals perished in the attack, with one more succumbing to injuries later in the hospital. Orozco himself sustained gunshot wounds to both legs.

In Mapastepec, assailants targeted the convoy of mayoral candidate Nicolas Noriega, who fortunately escaped unscathed. However, five others lost their lives, and two sustained injuries.

Rampant criminal violence in Mexico has resulted in over 450,000 murders since the inception of a controversial military campaign against drug cartels in 2006 during the presidency of Felipe Calderon.

The homicide rate has nearly tripled since then, reaching 23 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Insecurity remains a pressing concern for many Mexicans, with electoral campaigns in Chiapas frequently marred by violence.

The situation has exacerbated due to a turf war between the Jalisco New Generation and Sinaloa cartels in the La Frailesca region, encompassing Villa Corzo and La Concordia.

 These cartels vie for control over drug trafficking routes and other criminal activities like extortion.

Mapastepec holds strategic significance due to its proximity to the Pacific coast, further intensifying the conflict dynamics in the area.

 

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