June 5, 2024

Another Mexican Mayor Shot and Killed

Over the last week, several reports have surfaced of assassinations of Mexican political figures.

Over the last 10 days or so, two had been assassinated, one while shaking hands with constituents.

We can now add another name to that list, as Cotija Mayor Yolanda Sánchez was shot and killed while the country was celebrating the election of its first female president.

Making History… In a Bad Way

Last week the reports were flying after the second mayoral candidate had been assassinated in as many weeks.

The video footage was horrifying.

The candidate was out shaking hands at a rally, when suddenly a gun appeared from behind, with the assassin pulling the trigger and killing the man.

It just brought home the reality of how corrupt Mexican politicians are and are literally forced to be.

They have a choice… take the cartel money or die.

Apparently, Sanchez was among the latter because she was killed on Monday as the country started to celebrate the election of Claudia Sheinbaum as the nation's first woman president.

According to local media, she was ambushed and shot 19 times.

Sanchez was rushed to the hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

One would have to think that she almost knew this was coming, having been dealing with threatening phone calls since having won her office in 2021.

More recently, she was kidnapped in 2023, later telling the media that the people who took her made "demands" and inflicted "psychological terror" before releasing her.

One of the demands that was made was that the security of her town be turned over to state police, who were being bribed by local organized crime figures, likely the cartel.

Since September, dozens of political candidates have been murdered, with estimates now at over 40 candidates.

Ms. Sheinbaum's defeated rival, Xóchitl Gálvez, has claimed that the election was an "unequal competition against the entire state apparatus dedicated to favoring its candidate.”

Galvez took a page out of Trump’s book by saying that she was going to challenge the win by Sheinbaum, but I am not really sure what there is to challenge with Sheinbaum winning by more than 30 points in the election.

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