Candidate for mayor in Mexico is kidnapped with her family


A candidate for mayor in Cutzamala de Pinzón, in the Mexican state of Guerrero, was kidnapped by an armed group from her family, her political party reported this morning.

“Our candidate Marilú Martínez and her family were deprived of their freedom by an armed commando in Cutzamala de Pinzón, Guerrero,” his Citizen Movement party said on Twitter.

“We demand from the local authorities an immediate reaction to locate Marilú and her family members alive,” he added.

On June 6, Mexico will hold the biggest elections in its history, in which more than 20,000 seats will be decided, including 15 state governments, and the 500 seats in the Chamber of Deputies will be renewed.

As the election approaches, attacks on candidates multiply.

According to private consultant Etellekt, during the electoral process 89 politicians died, of which 35 were candidates for positions in this election.

On May 25, Alma Barragán, who ran for mayor of Moroleón through the Citizen Movement in the central state of Guanjuato, was shot dead during a campaign in which she participated with residents of that city.

Last Friday, 65-year-old Cipriano Villanueva was also shot dead. He was a candidate for councilor of the municipality of Acapetahua by the party Chiapas Unidos.

Since December 2006, when the government launched a controversial anti-drug operation, Mexico has registered more than 300,000 murders, according to official figures that attribute the majority of these crimes to organized crime.

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