Uptick in crimes against Mexican politicians points toward violent midterm election

Between September 2020 and the first week of March, 126 Mexican politicians and candidates were assassinated.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - More than a hundred murders of Mexican officials and candidates in recent months point to the country’s midterm elections becoming the most violent in decades, local consulting firm Etellekt said in a report.

Between September 2020 and the first week of March, 126 Mexican politicians and candidates were assassinated.

On June 6, Mexicans will elect 500 lawmakers, 15 governors and more than 20,000 local officials.

“So far, the number of these crimes is lower than that registered in the 2018 elections, but it is increasing,” said Ruben Salazar, director of the consultancy.

“In March . . .

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