HomeNewsBriefCandidate, Campaigner Murdered Weeks Before Mexico Election
BRIEF

Candidate, Campaigner Murdered Weeks Before Mexico Election

MEXICO / 19 JUL 2012 BY MICHAEL KANE EN

The lead up to Mexico's general elections on July 1 had been largely peaceful until this week, when a candidate for the legislature in the troubled state of Guerrero and a political volunteer in Chiapas were gunned down in separate incidents.

Margarito Genchi Casiano (see image), a candidate for the left-wing Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) was murdered at his home by a group of gunmen, according to reports. The motive for the killing of the former mayor and leader of the state beverage workers union is still unknown.

In another attack in the southern state of Chiapas, National Action Party (PAN) supporter Edgardo Hernandez was shot and killed as he returned home from posting materials in support of the party’s candidates. Eyewitnesses said that his vehicle was tailed. A local mayoral candidate for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Ulises Grajales Niño, was arrested as a suspect.

InSight Crime Analysis

As InSight has reported, criminal gangs in Mexico have an increasing stake in this year’s elections. Because gangs are increasingly focused on extortion and retail drug sales, activities which they cannot carry out without some collusion from local authorities, their relationship with local governments has become more important. Additionally, in contrast to the past dominance of the PRI, which held the presidency for 70 years, the fact of several political parties vying for power means a single election can erase all the links that a criminal group have built with the incumbent administration.

Guerrero is an especially important strategic area for these criminal organizations. With its long coastline and numerous ports, it is a key location for smuggling drugs in Mexico from Central and South America.

As a result, Guerrerro is a heavily contested area and has seen very high rates of violence: a wave of brutal murders hit the state in the past month, despite Operation Safe Guerrero, an attempt by the government to quell violence.

Political figures have been targeted in Guerrero in recent years and months. In August 2011, the mayor of Zacualpan, a small town, was kidnapped and beaten to death. On Thursday, a regional prosecutor for the State Attorney General's Office was murdered. Two alleged members of the Barredora drug gang, both former police officers, were arrested as suspects in the killing.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Tags

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

HOMICIDES / 24 MAR 2016

Mexico's Interior Minister has said less than half of all murders in the state of Michoacán are connected to organized…

MEXICO / 27 MAR 2019

Nearly 750 military personnel are reported to have died while in service since Mexico launched its “war on drugs” in…

EL SALVADOR / 1 MAY 2014

Why did the Zetas, in two massacres, murder 268 people, the majority Central American, Mexican and South American migrants? The…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Tackles Illegal Fishing

15 OCT 2021

In October, InSight Crime and American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) began a year-long project on illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing in…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Featured in Handbook for Reporting on Organized Crime

8 OCT 2021

In late September, the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) published an excerpt of its forthcoming guide on reporting organized crime in Indonesia.

THE ORGANIZATION

Probing Organized Crime in Haiti

1 OCT 2021

InSight Crime has made it a priority to investigate organized crime in Haiti, where an impotent state is reeling after the July assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, coupled with an…

THE ORGANIZATION

Emergency First Aid in Hostile Environments

24 SEP 2021

At InSight Crime's annual treat, we ramped up hostile environment and emergency first aid training for our 40-member staff, many of whom conduct on-the-ground investigations in dangerous corners of the region.

THE ORGANIZATION

Series on Environmental Crime in the Amazon Generates Headlines

17 SEP 2021

InSight Crime and the Igarapé Institute have been delighted at the response to our joint investigation into environmental crimes in the Colombian Amazon. Coverage of our chapters dedicated to illegal mining…