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Mexico: 14 Killed in Political Violence in Chiapas Ahead of June 2 Election

HeadlineMay 22, 2024

In the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, 14 people have been killed in attacks targeting local candidates ahead of the June 2 election. According to one tally, at least 134 people have been killed in politically motivated attacks in Mexico this year, including 24 political candidates. During a debate on Sunday, presidential front-runner Claudia Sheinbaum of the Morena party vowed to continue the policies of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Claudia Sheinbaum: “We are going to build a future of peace and prosperity. Our country’s transformation has already begun, and we will continue it. We have results, and we are going to take them to the whole country.”

Sheinbaum’s top challenger, Xóchitl Gálvez, accused the current government of failing to fight organized crime.

Xóchitl Gálvez: “Security has been a failure in this six-year term. A hundred eighty-six thousand people have been murdered, and 50,000 people have disappeared. What has been the strategy of this government? To hand the country over to organized crime. I propose a new security strategy: no more hugs for the criminals.”

If either of the two front-runners win, they will become the first woman president in Mexico’s history.

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