Shocking Campaign Rally Attack in Chiapas>

Last Updated: June 17, 2024By

Shocking Campaign Rally Attack in Chiapas

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A mayoral candidate and five other people have tragically lost their lives after gunmen opened fire at a campaign rally in the troubled southern state of Chiapas, Mexico.

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The State prosecutors reported that a young girl was among the six victims killed in the late Thursday night attack, along with the mayoral candidate, Lucero López Maza. Additionally, two others were injured in this horrific event.

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Sudden Violence at the Rally

According to a statement from the prosecutors, “A confrontation broke out between armed civilians during a political campaign event.” It’s unclear if López Maza was the intended target, given the frequent shootings in the area.

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The mass shooting happened at a crossroads in the small, rural town of La Concordia, Chiapas, about 80 miles (125km) from the Guatemalan border.

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A Dangerous Region

This area, close to the Guatemalan border, is a major smuggling route for drugs and migrants. It’s a hotspot for violent clashes as Mexico’s two main drug cartels battle for control over the region.

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Just days before, on Tuesday, 11 people were killed in similar mass shootings in a village in the township of Chicomuselo, Chiapas, not far from La Concordia.

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Political Ramifications

The rise in violence has been a major embarrassment for President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who happened to be visiting the state on Friday for a meeting with Guatemalan President Bernardo Arévalo. López Obrador, known for his reluctance to confront drug cartels directly, tried to play down the severity of the violence.

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“There are those who maintain that Chiapas is on fire. No, as I’ve explained, the problem is in this region and we are going to solve it,” the president said during a press briefing in the border city of Tapachula.

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A Troubled Election Run-Up

The tragic killings on Thursday are part of a larger, disturbing trend. The lead-up to Mexico’s July 2 elections has been marred by violence, with about 20 candidates killed so far in 2024.

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President López Obrador again tried to downplay the violence, accusing those who report on the killings of being “vultures” trying to damage his administration.

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“Fortunately, there have been fewer attacks than in other elections, but nowadays there is a lot of sensationalism. It is very unfortunate; there are a lot of people seeking to profit from the killings and the human suffering,” he said. “This is a time of vultures.”

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Personal Thoughts and Feelings

It’s heartbreaking to see so much violence affecting innocent lives and tainting the democratic process. Lucero López Maza and the others who lost their lives were just trying to make their community better. This senseless violence only brings more pain and fear. It’s important for leaders to address these issues head-on and work towards making these areas safer for everyone.

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