HomeNewsBriefKilling in Guerrero, Mexico Raises Fears of Election Violence
BRIEF

Killing in Guerrero, Mexico Raises Fears of Election Violence

MEXICO / 5 MAY 2015 BY ARRON DAUGHERTY EN

The recent murder of a mayoral candidate is a reminder of Mexico's long-standing problem with election violence fueled by organized crime. 

The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) is in danger of leaving multiple mayor seats uncontested in the southwestern state of Guerrero, due to candidates' fear of violence, local PRI director Cuauhtemoc Salgado Romero told local media. Mexico is due to hold legislative elections on June 7, 2015.

Romero's comments follow the recent murder of Fabian Quiroz Garcia, a joint candidate for the PRI and Mexico's Green Party for the town of Chilapa in Guerrero. Garcia was reportedly shot to death by a group of armed men while campaigning. His alternate, Jose Santos Valdivia, has refused to continue the campaign for fear of his own life.  

Guerrero, which initiated elections for 81 mayorships in late April, has seen mayoral candidates murdered or forcibly disappeared on multiple occasions in the past, with organized crime groups as the primary suspects. Meanwhile, a reported struggle between criminal groups the Rojos and the Ardillos for Chilapa has been blamed for recent violence in the area, including the discovery of 11 beheaded corpses in November 2014.  

InSight Crime Analysis

Garcia's murder is just the latest in Mexico's long-standing problem with election violence. Previous elections have also seen fearful candidates drop out of the race, due to violent attacks throughout the country.

SEE ALSO:  Mexico News and Profiles

As InSight Crime has previously noted, criminal groups are particularly keen to corrupt and intimidate Mexico politics at the local level, where officials receive less protection and are more susceptible to criminal influence.

Continued intimidation and corruption of local officials in Guerrero is particularly troublesome in light of last year's massacre of 43 students. Authorities have accused the mayor of Iguala and his wife of colluding with organized crime in the killings. 

Per usual, Mexico's political parties have asked the government to assign protection for candidates in this year's election, emphasizing those running in the states of Tamaulipas, Michoacan, and Guerrero. These areas are among the regions most affected by organized crime and violence in Mexico. 

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

FENTANYL / 1 DEC 2022

Nuevo Laredo was set ablaze following the capture of a Northeast Cartel leader. But what does this mean for the…

JALISCO CARTEL / 3 SEP 2021

Criminal groups in Mexico are posting in public lists of police they plan to kill, and the message often comes…

JALISCO CARTEL / 9 JUL 2021

A series of photos taken in a Mexican town, that has been the focal point of major criminal engagements this…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Escaping Barrio 18

27 JAN 2023

Last week, InSight Crime published an investigation charting the story of Desafío, a 28-year-old Barrio 18 gang member who is desperate to escape gang life. But there’s one problem: he’s…

THE ORGANIZATION

Europe Coverage Makes a Splash

20 JAN 2023

Last week, InSight Crime published an analysis of the role of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport as an arrival hub for cocaine and methamphetamine from Mexico.  The article was picked up by…

THE ORGANIZATION

World Looks to InSight Crime for Mexico Expertise

13 JAN 2023

Our coverage of the arrest of Chapitos’ co-founder Ovidio Guzmán López in Mexico has received worldwide attention.In the UK, outlets including The Independent and BBC…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Shares Expertise with US State Department

16 DEC 2022

Last week, InSight Crime Co-founder Steven Dudley took part in the International Anti-Corruption Conference organized by the US State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, & Labor and…

THE ORGANIZATION

Immediate Response to US-Mexico Marijuana Investigation

9 DEC 2022

InSight Crime’s investigation into how the legalization of marijuana in many US states has changed Mexico’s criminal dynamics made a splash this week appearing on the front page of…