A Mexican mayoral candidate was murdered an hour after she posted a Facebook Live video sharing her location and inviting potential voters to meet her.
Alma Barragán, 61, was shot dead on Tuesday while attending an outdoor event in the Moroleón municipality of Guanajuato.
Guanajuato is Mexico’s most dangerous state, with Barragán the 88th political candidate killed since the campaign began in September 2020. Two others were injured in the same attack.
The incident took place about an hour after Barragán, a newcomer to the political spectrum, recorded a live video on Facebook and invited potential voters from the La Maguita, El Ombligo and Pico de Pájaro neighborhoods to hear her government plans.
‘Hello how are you? I am here in La Manguita with Pedro Guzmán (street). If you would like to join me, please come to my proposals. Come and spend a moment together, ”she said. ‘We do better together. Thank you. I’ll wait for you here. ‘
Barragán ran under the party ticket of the Citizen’s Movement (Movimiento Ciudadano), becoming the 88th political candidate to be assassinated ahead of the 6 June midterm elections.
The civil movement is proud of its social democracy, protection of human rights and equality between men and women.
Today, Alma Barragán, our candidate, was murdered in a cowardly way. It shouldn’t be impossible to participate in political life without endangering your life, ”said Clemente Castañeda, coordinator of the civil movement.
“These are the most violent elections in Mexico’s history and in Movimiento Ciudadano we are not prepared to normalize them.”
According to Etellekt, the political killings have increased by more than a third from the last interim vote in 2015, when 61 were registered in nine months. The death toll consists of party members and those seeking or having held public office
It is unclear whether she is leaving a partner or children. DailyMail.com has reached out to a party spokesperson for further comment.
Alma Barragán, the Citizen’s Movement party nominee for mayor of Moroleón, a city in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato, was executed by a group of gunmen in a campaign event she organized. The 61-year-old woman is the 88th politician to be murdered in the run-up to the 6 June midterm elections
Authorities stand near a vehicle where Alma Barragán, a 61-year-old hopeful mayor, was shot dead Tuesday afternoon in Guanajuato, Mexico. She is the third Citizen’s Movement party candidate to be assassinated
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Wednesday that the murder was “without a doubt” the work of organized crime gangs.
“It is very unfortunate what happened yesterday to this candidate who was murdered, our condolences to her relatives,” said López Obrador. “It is a regrettable situation because it is happening in the middle of the election process, we are on the eve of the election and these are people who want to create instability.”
On Wednesday morning, Jose Alonso, the Force for Mexico’s candidate for mayor of the seaside town of Acapulco, avoided being hit by gunfire when several individuals shot him while he was driving with a bodyguard. His uncle, Joaquín Alonso, is currently in prison for money laundering for the Beltrán-Leyva organization.
Barragán is the third citizen movement candidate to have been murdered in the past 15 days.
Arturo Flores, who was running for a council seat in Landa de Matamoros, Quetaró, was found dead on Sunday evening after being reported missing on Thursday.
Authorities say the murder was caused by a car sales debt and arrested Emmanuel Trejo, whose brother Jonathan Trejo is up against Flores’ widow Salsija Delgado, the Citizen’s Movement candidate for mayor of Landa de Matamoros.
Abel Murrieta, the party’s candidate for mayor’s seat in Cajeme, Sonora, was murdered on May 13 while handing out flyers in the middle of the street.
Murrieta worked as a legal counsel for the families of the nine US-Mexican dual citizens who were ambushed and executed by alleged cartel killers in November 2019.
On Wednesday morning, Jose Alonso, the Force for Mexico nominee for mayor of the seaside town of Acapulco, avoided being hit by gunfire when several individuals shot him while he was riding a bodyguard.
José Alonso’s vehicle, who is running for mayor of Acapulco, Mexico, came under fire on Wednesday
It is unclear whether Alma Barragán will leave behind a partner or children.
On May 17, former mayor Juan Guzmán, who is running for congressional seat in Guanajuato’s 20th district, survived an attack after his vehicle was attacked while en route to a campaign event.
The next day, Socorro Ortega, who is seeking appointment as Mayor of Moroleón under the double ticket for the Democratic Revolution Party and the Institutional Revolutionary Party, decided to cancel her personal campaign events for fear of being attacked.
It is not known whether any of the attacks on the candidates in Guanajuato were launched by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel and its main rival, the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel.
Bordered by Jalisco to the west, San Luis Potosí to the north, Michoacán to the south, Zacatecas to the northwest and Queretaró to the east, the state of Guanajuato topped all 31 states of the country and Mexico City, the capital, with 4,750 murders in 2020, including 3,750 involving the use of firearms.
The central state of Guanajuato ranks as Mexico’s deadliest state with 1,263 murders reported in the first four months of 2021.