facebook twitter RSS
HOT TOPICS: Drug and Alcohol Treatment  Heroin

Drug Cartels Murder Mexican Politicians Before Elections

At least four candidates and politicians have been killed in the lead up to Sunday's elections.

Image: 

Killings have decreased under President
Nieto, but not stopped. Photo via

By McCarton Ackerman

07/02/13

| Share

Running for political office in Mexico can be a life-threatening feat. At least four candidates and politicians have been killed ahead of this Sunday's elections in Mexican states, as drug cartels seek to gain influence over local officials. Politicians murdered in the last month include a party leader in Oaxaca, mayoral candidates in Veracruz and Chihuahua states and a campaign manager in Sinaloa. “Political assassinations won’t end anytime soon,” says Jorge Chabat, a political science professor at the Center for Economic Research and Teaching, a Mexico City-based university. “It’s very probable organized crime groups are trying to prevent some people from gaining office, either because they think they’ll act against their group’s interests, or because they think they’re aligned with a rival gang.” Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio told reporters last week that the government will "thoroughly investigate" the killings and "seek out solutions and clarifications." Pre-election murders aren't a novel concept in Mexico; in 2010, gunmen killed at least 10 standing mayors and shot dead Rodolfo Torre Cantu, the leading gubernatorial candidate in Tamaulipas state. Despite this, the Interior Ministry reported last April that drug war killings dropped 14% in the first four months of new Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration, compared to the same period a year later.

Rehabilitation Directories

Most Popular
Sober Living
How I Forgave the Woman Who Helped My Son Die of an Overdose

She introduced him to the drug that eventually killed him. It took a long time, but eventually I had to treat her the way my son would have wanted.

The Rehab Review
Cliffside Malibu
 
 
 
 
 

The “beach-house-relaxed” Cliffside Malibu claims to provide an oasis for recovering addicts and alcoholics. And that’s just what you'll get—if you’ve got the cash.

Morningside Recovery
 
 
 

For a “rehab near the beach” experience that isn’t quite as costly as similar SoCal competitors, head to this Newport Beach treatment facility.

AToN Center
 
 
 
 

Whether you’re interested in the 12 Steps, SMART Recovery, or holistic treatments, this luxurious San Diego rehab has a program for you—if you can tear yourself away from “the most amazing massages ever."

The Ultimate Guide to Rehab
 
 
 
 
 

What you need to know when choosing an addiction treatment center.

the fix tv