Dozens Of Mexican Politicians Killed Ahead Of Elections
Mexico City, March 4 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 5th Mar, 2021 ) :At least 64 Mexican politicians have been murdered in the past six months, the government said Thursday, three months ahead of elections, which typically unleash a wave of politically motivated violence.
"Organized and white-collar crime have a varied repertoire of actions to influence these elections, through strategies of complicity or violent pressure," said Security Minister Rosa Icela Rodriguez.
"We're working to curb the increase in these crimes because criminal organizations seek to strengthen their operations through intimidation and increasing their political influence," Rodriguez told reporters.
According to the consulting firm Etellekt, 153 politicians were murdered during a particularly bloody campaign for the 2018 elections, and 90 percent of the crimes remain unpunished.
More than 300,000 people have been murdered since the government deployed the military to fight drug trafficking in 2006, according to the authorities, who say most of the killings are linked to gang violence.