By Renee Lewis in Aljazeera America 05/21/15
A wave of violence and intimidation has engulfed Mexico in recent weeks as the country prepares for midterm elections on June 7, with gunmen killing four candidates and kidnapping dozens of residents in Guerrero state — reviving fears that the still-unsolved disappearance of 43 students last September was not an isolated incident.
Enrique Hernández, who was running for mayor of Yurécuaro in the western state of Michoacán for the left-leaning Movement for National Regeneration Party, was killed on May 14 when gunmen opened fire on his campaign rally. Hernández was a leader of the town’s self-defense group formed in 2013 to curb the power of the Knights Templar cartel.
The state’s attorney general, José Martín Godoy Castro, said Wednesday that the Yurécuaro’s police chief and two of his aids knew about plans to kill Hernández, and left town ahead of the murder. Godoy said he would file charges — of participation through omission in a homicide — against the three officers.
Less than an hour after Hernández’s murder, gunmen shot Héctor López Cruz 16 times as he returned from campaigning in Huimanguillo, in the southeastern state of Tabasco. López was running for city council of Huimanguillo on the ticket of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).
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By Deborah Bonello in Los Angeles Times 05/15/15
Two candidates in Mexico’s upcoming midterm elections were shot to death in different parts of the country amid a wave of violence and intimidation of candidates ahead of balloting next month.
Enrique Hernandez was in the middle of a campaign event in the town of Yurecuaro in Michoacan state when he was hit by shots from a moving vehicle Thursday about 8:10 p.m. He was running for mayor for the left-leaning Movement for National Regeneration, or Morena, party.
Less than an hour later, in the southeastern state of Tabasco, Hector Lopez Cruz, a candidate for local councilor for President Enrique Peña Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, was pumped with 16 bullets on his doorstep in the town of Mecatepec.
The assassinations come less than two weeks after Ulises Fabian Quiroz, a mayoral candidate for a coalition of the PRI and the Green Party, was slain in Atzacoaloya in the state of Guerrero.
Another aspiring candidate in Guerrero was killed and beheaded in March, and two others were kidnapped and then released.
By Verónica Calderón in El País 05/02/15
The campaign for next month’s mid-term elections in Mexico was marred by violence in the southern state of Guerrero on Friday when a ruling party candidate was shot dead by crime gang members.
Ulises Fabián Quiroz, a mayoral candidate in the municipality of Chilapa – located about an hour from state capital Chilpancingo – was dragged from his car, beaten and shot at least 15 times, authorities said.
The murder of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) official drew strong condemnation from all parties vying for mayoral, legislative and gubernatorial posts in Guerrero – one of the poorest and most violent states in the country.
“This deplorable action has forced us into mourning and to think about the climate of insecurity that prevails in Guerrero,” said Héctor Astudillo, the PRI candidate for governor who suspended his campaign and attended Quiroz’s funeral on Sunday.