Mayor Candidate Kidnapped by Armed Gang in Mexico Just Four Days Before Midterm Election

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Mayor and family abducted by armed mob in Mexico four days before midterm elections become latest victims of violence against candidates

  • Marilú Martínez and her family were kidnapped on Tuesday in Guerrero, Mexico
  • Martínez runs for mayor of the Pacific coast city of Cutzamala de Pinzónz
  • The Mexican government has deployed security forces to locate the candidate and her relatives
  • Martínez accepted Citizen’s Movement Party mayor nomination
  • Since May 13, at least three candidates for the civil movement have been murdered
  • According to consultancy Etellekt, 89 members of a political party have been murdered since September 2020

Authorities are looking for a mayoral candidate and her family in Mexico, who were kidnapped by a gang on Tuesday.

Marilú Martínez, who is running for mayor in the Guerrero city of Cutzamala de Pinzón, has been kidnapped by an armed mob, said Clemente Castañeda, party director of the Citizen’s Movement.

“We demand an immediate response from the authorities and the Governor @HectorAstudillo to locate them alive,” Castañeda tweeted Wednesday morning.

Castañeda did not say where Martínez and her family were at the time of the incident. The candidate’s kidnapping took place four days before Mexico’s midterm elections.

Marilú Martínez, who is running for mayor in the Mexican coastal town of Cutzamala de Pinzón, and several family members were kidnapped on Tuesday by an armed mob, according to Citizen's Movement party director Clemente Castañeda.

Marilú Martínez, who is running for mayor in the Mexican coastal town of Cutzamala de Pinzón, and several family members were kidnapped on Tuesday by an armed mob, according to Citizen’s Movement party director Clemente Castañeda.

Marilú Martínez (center) and members of her family were abducted Tuesday by a group of armed individuals in Guerrero, Mexico.  She is the candidate for the Citizen's Movement Party for mayor of the city of Cutzamala de Pinzón.

Marilú Martínez (center) and members of her family were abducted Tuesday by a group of armed individuals in Guerrero, Mexico.  She is the candidate for the Citizen's Movement Party for mayor of the city of Cutzamala de Pinzón.

Marilú Martínez (center) and members of her family were abducted Tuesday by a group of armed individuals in Guerrero, Mexico. She is the candidate for the Citizen’s Movement Party for mayor of the city of Cutzamala de Pinzón.

The Mexican government has deployed a security force to help find her. Guerrero’s public security minister, David Portillo, announced on Wednesday that Governor Astudillo had instructed his cabinet to develop a plan to rescue Martínez and her family.

According to Mexico City-based consultancy Etellekt, 89 politicians have been murdered since September 2020, when the midterm election campaign officially began.

The most recent victim, 65-year-old Cipriano Villanueva, was shot on Friday. He was the Chiapas United Party’s candidate for mayor of Acapetahua, a municipality in the southern state of Chiapas.

The murder totals surpass by a third the killings of civil servants reported during the 2015 midterm elections, the most recent statistics show.

So far in the current campaign there have been 782 criminal incidents that have targeted politicians.

Marilú Martínez was the latest victim of a wave of violence that has targeted politicians running for candidates in Mexico's midterm elections, which will take place on Sunday.  Data released by Mexico City-based consultancy Etellekt indicated 782 criminal incidents targeting politicians as of September 2020

Marilú Martínez was the latest victim of a wave of violence that has targeted politicians running for candidates in Mexico's midterm elections, which will take place on Sunday.  Data released by Mexico City-based consultancy Etellekt indicated 782 criminal incidents targeting politicians as of September 2020

Marilú Martínez was the latest victim of a wave of violence that has targeted politicians running for candidates in Mexico’s midterm elections, which will take place on Sunday. Data released by Mexico City-based consultancy Etellekt indicated 782 criminal incidents targeting politicians as of September 2020

Marilú Martínez at a campaign event last Thursday in the Mexican Pacific coastal municipality of Cutzamala de Pinzón, where she is running for mayor

Marilú Martínez at a campaign event last Thursday in the Mexican Pacific coastal municipality of Cutzamala de Pinzón, where she is running for mayor

Marilú Martínez at a campaign event last Thursday in the Mexican Pacific coastal municipality of Cutzamala de Pinzón, where she is running for mayor

Etellekt said criminal organizations want to place sympathetic candidates in town halls so they can operate without police intervention, and extort money from local businesses and government budgets.

Three Citizen’s Movement political candidates have been assassinated since May 13.

Alma Barragán, who ran for mayor of Moroleón, a city in the central state of Guanajuato, was executed during a campaign speech last Tuesday. At least two suspects linked to the 61-year-old’s murder were arrested Monday.

Alma Barragán ran under the ticket of the Citizens' Movement (Movimiento Ciudadano) party.  She is one of 89 political candidates killed in Sunday's midterm elections

Alma Barragán ran under the ticket of the Citizens' Movement (Movimiento Ciudadano) party.  She is one of 89 political candidates killed in Sunday's midterm elections

Alma Barragán ran under the ticket of the Citizens’ Movement (Movimiento Ciudadano) party. She is one of 89 political candidates killed in Sunday’s midterm elections

Arturo Flores was reported missing on May 20 and was later found dead. He won the Citizen’s Movement nomination for a city council seat in Landa de Matamoros, Quetaró.

Abel Murrieta, the party’s candidate for mayoral seat in Cajeme, Sonora, was murdered on May 13 while handing out flyers in the middle of a street.

Murrieta served as legal counsel for the families of the nine US-Mexican dual citizens who were ambushed and executed by alleged cartel killers in November 2019.

“This election period is the most violent in history,” Citizen’s Movement tweeted on Wednesday. “It can’t be that taking part in politics means risking your life.”

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