Mexico’s Election Violence Is Said to Be Worst in Years

Karla Zabludovsky, New York Times, July 7, 2013

Running for public office in Mexico has long been perilous, with threats, assaults and sometimes outright killings by criminal gangs, political rivals and other opponents.

But this season is one of the worst in recent years, some experts say, with at least six candidates killed since February and another wounded in an attack that left her husband and an assistant dead. Party and campaign officials have also been assaulted, their family members targeted and sometimes killed as well.

As nearly half of Mexico’s states prepare to hold local elections on Sunday, the outbreak of violence has proved an embarrassment for the new government of President Enrique Peña Nieto, who has promised to control violence and has sought to portray the country as on the mend from wanton killings.

While the Peña Nieto administration promised to take steps to protect voters, opposition leaders have called on the president to put the army in the streets in some states to ensure peaceful voting proceedings, a common practice here.

“We are in the midst of the most violent elections in our history,” said José María Martínez, a member of a conservative-leaning opposition party and president of the special electoral commission of the Senate. “This is not the country that any Mexican deserves.” {snip}

The motives for many of these attacks, from which no major party has been spared, remain unclear. Local investigations of crimes, even killings, are notoriously haphazard and thin.

{snip} Last month, Nicolás Estrada Merino, leader of a state branch of the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, was found shot to death in a sugarcane field in the southern state of Oaxaca. Isaac López Rojas, a candidate for deputy mayor from the small, leftist Cardenista Party in the coastal state of Veracruz, was kidnapped and killed, also in June. A few days earlier, in the border state of Chihuahua, a mayoral candidate from the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party, Jaime Orozco Madrigal, was found dead after being forcefully taken from his house.

Newspapers have reported a number of candidates dropping their campaigns out of fear, and news channels have featured interviews with bloodied and bruised party members speaking after unexplained attacks.


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  • Spartacus

    “…Institutional Revolutionary Party…”


    A political movement that wants an institutional revolution… Wonder what can go wrong there…

  • IstvanIN

    Despite our nutty government’s protests to the contrary, not every society is suitable for Democracy. The Mexicans seem to not be suitable for an elected government. What kind of government would work for them, I can not say, at this point they seem hopeless.

    • Nathanwartooth

      Some sort of dictatorship. Democracy isn’t really that great of a system and only works under very specific conditions.

      • MBlanc46

        Some sort of dictatorship is what they’ve had for most of their history.

    • watling

      Islamic countries also don’t work as democracies. I don’t know if it’s the religion (well, cult actually) or the people that make it so.

      We’ve all seen what’s happened in Iraq, Libya, Syria, Egypt, Bahrain etc. Such countries only work as dictatorships. The sad thing is that the likes of Bush, Blair, Brown, Obama and Cameron don’t realise this. But hey, what do they care? It’s not their sons and daughters who have been slaughtered fighting a lost cause.

      • kjh64

        You hit the nail on the head. People in Islamic countries do not want democracy and do not think it is a good thing. In their culture, Islam and the government are and should be one and the same. Leaders here need to stop trying to make a democracy out of the Middle East and keep muzzies out of our nations as the two cultures do not mix.

        • fuzzypook

          Give them democracy and they will vote for theocracy.

  • APaige

    I know it is very easy to point out the failings of Mexico-its full of Mexicans. But killing political candidates every once in awhile is not THAT bad.

    • IstvanIN

      With that kind of attitude we’d have no politicians!

      • texasoysterman

        Ahh…a silver lining.

  • MekongDelta69

    Sooooo… Basically Southside Chicongo.

    • MBlanc46

      Not at all. Our elections are models of decorum. It’s everyday life in the ghetto (and to a lesser extent, the barrio) that are violent here.

  • Homo_Occidentalis

    Newspapers have reported a number of candidates dropping their campaigns
    out of fear, and news channels have featured interviews with bloodied
    and bruised party members speaking after unexplained attacks.


    How many years will it be before the likes of Gary Johnson and Virgil Goode are browbeaten out of the presidential race altogether here in the good old Estados Unidos?

  • Erasmus

    Take a good look, folks. Coming to a neighborhood near you.

    Remember: Protect your 2nd amendment rights. You’re going to need them.

  • bigone4u

    The Aztecs did the human sacrifice thing in the temples. The modern Mexicans do the human sacrifice thing during elections and drug deals. The modern Mexican isn’t far removed from his ancestors.

    • Sick of it

      They literally still cut out hearts and I’ve read about maybe 5-10 incidents of it in the U.S. over the past ten years.

      • bigone4u

        I thought I remembered reading that too, but I left it out of my comment since I wasn’t sure and I have no interest in unfairly defaming Mexicans. Thanks for confirming that.

  • A nation can function only as well as the people in it can do on their own.

  • John Smith

    “The motives for many of these attacks, from which no major party has been spared, remain unclear.”

    Coming soon to the U.S.A. courtesy of every liberal and neo-con politician that supported illegal and liberal immigration.

    • jambi19

      Read that quote again, John Smith. How annoying is it to read “motives unclear” by a Libtard journalist? The motives are obvious.

      • John Smith

        Of course, but do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.

  • I love Mexican food, but I do a good job on that myself. I used tostada bowls for us for dinner today. I baked them just a little, and then plastered them inside with refried beans. Into this I forced lettuce herb mix from Wal Mart, chicken I had marinated, grilled and diced, sliced chipotle peppers with adobo sauce, diced onion, finely-chopped home-grown chives, diced tomatoes also from our “Victory” garden, sliced avocado and sour cream.

    I served this with orange drink I had made by saving orange peels and drying them out and putting them through our spice grinder, and then the coffee maker as if the powder was coffee grounds. The resulting orange “tea” I chilled. Ariadne had that, while Sayaka and I enjoyed the last of the previous batch of home-brewed hard watermelon cider.

    I gripe a lot about being a convicted federal felon on the Terrorist Watch List, but I’m really the luckiest man in the world.

  • evilsandmich

    This is not the country that any Mexican deserves

    No problem, our elites think that you deserve the one that’s just north of you.