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Candidate for mayor of violent city in Mexico killed as she began campaigning

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By MARK STEVENSON

A candidate for mayor of a violence-wracked city in Mexico has been killed just as she began campaigning.

Two authorities in the north-central state of Guanajuato said candidate Bertha Gaytán was shot to death on a street in a town just outside the city of Celaya. Mayorships in Mexico often included smaller surrounding communities. The authorities were not authorized to be quoted by name.

Video of the scene posted on social media showed a small procession 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.

It was 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.

Morena is the party of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who leaves office in September. The June 2 elections will decide his successor, as well as many state and municipal posts.

Guanajuato has for some time had the highest number of homicides of any state in Mexico, and Celaya is arguably the most dangerous place, per capita, to be a police officer in North America. At least 34 police officers have been killed in this city of 500,000 people in the last three years.

In Guanajuato state, with its population just over 6 million, more police were shot to death in 2023 — about 60 — than in all of the United States.

The state has been wracked for years by violent turf battles between the Jalisco drug cartel and the homegrown Santa Rosa de Lima gang.

Violence against politicians is widespread in Mexico. Over the weekend, the mayor of Churumuco, a town in the neighboring state of Michoacan, was shot to death at a taco restaurant in the state capital, Morelia.

In late February in another town in Michoacan, two mayoral hopefuls were shot to death within hours of each other.

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It would seem candidates need to pay for much better security.

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It would seem candidates need to pay for much better security.

A death wish would be running at all in the first place.

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Pay for security??? One can't pay more than the Cartel does to kill!!!

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Mexico - Incredibly dangerous and awful country. Zero rule of law - and sadly very little value for life.

RIP to this poor woman.

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Only a man with the charisma and determination of a Fidel Castro can clean up poor Mexico's blood-soaked mess - "so far from God and so close to the United States", as the old Mexican lament goes.

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 At least 14 candidates have been killed since the start of 2024.

Jesus that's insane. Mexico was a much mellower and laidback country back in the 70s and 80s when I used to go there a lot. Even more so in the 60s and 50s when my older relatives used to go.

Corruption has always existed there but these violent, gory and numerous executions and killings is something more akin to the last twenty years.

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Poor Mexico is dealing with the results of the American war on drugs. If the profit was not there for the black market, the cartels would not have the money and power they do.

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StrangerlandApr. 2 11:48 pm JST

Poor Mexico is dealing with the results of the American war on drugs. If the profit was not there for the black market, the cartels would not have the money and power they do.

Why can't Mexico control their own territory?

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u_s__reamerApr. 2 04:23 pm JST

Only a man with the charisma and determination of a Fidel Castro can clean up poor Mexico's blood-soaked mess - "so far from God and so close to the United States", as the old Mexican lament goes.

That quote was made by someone that actually lived in a time when there was a legitimate grievance with the US. Clown AMLO does not. Admiration for Castro noted, however.

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Mexico is a failed state run by drug gangs. They are way past police arresting them. They would need to treat them like the Islamic state and take them out with military firepower from the US. That won't happen. The US have other priorities. That said, America might want to consider that taking them out now, in Mexico, would be easier and less messy than trying to do it when they cross the border and expand into the US.

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Mexico needs their own version of the Untouchables that go after the mafia

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