Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Friday, January 05, 2018

Fatalities in Mexican Politics

When most of the murdered politicians come from a single party, people become suspicious.

Five Mexican politicians killed in past week ahead of elections in the summer
To commemorate the new year, a mayoral candidate in a small Mexican town sent a Facebook message Sunday morning asking residents to unite to improve society.

“We only need maturity, seriousness, and responsibility to face the challenges that confront society,” Adolfo Serna Nogueda wrote.

Later that day, Serna was fatally shot outside his home in Atoyac de Alvarez, along the Pacific Coast in the western state of Guerrero.

Serna, a member of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party [PRI], was one of at least five politicians killed in the past week in Mexico on the eve of an important election year.

Politician's funeral
Two days earlier, the [PRD] mayor of another Guerrero town, Petatlan, about two hours north along the coast, was killed while eating with friends at a restaurant. And the day before that, a [PRD]state congressman from Jalisco was gunned down while driving with his son. A former [PRD] state congressional candidate and a town council member also were killed in the past week.

The violence was another reminder of the serious dangers inherent in Mexican politics, particularly at the local level, where drug gangs regularly exert influence…

“We are six months from the presidential election, and of course these attacks against our members are taken as a warning against participating,” Ángel Ávila Romero, secretary general of the PRD, said last week, according to El Universal newspaper…

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