Mexican mayoral candidate Alma Barragán was killed this week after reportedly sharing her location on Facebook live as she campaigned in Mexico’s violence-plagued Guanajuato state.
Barragán, 61, who is new to the political sphere, was campaigning to become mayor of the city of Moroleón.
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She was killed about an hour after she recorded a live video inviting prospective voters from three different neighborhoods to come out and learn about her plans, according to The Daily Mail.
‘Hello how are you?” she said. “I’m here in La Manguita with Pedro Guzmán (Street). If you like to join me, come and hear my proposals. Come to spend a moment together. Together we do better. Thank you. I’ll wait for you here.”
Barragán became the 34th candidate that was murdered nationwide ahead of the June 6 elections.
She was the third nominee from the small Citizen’s Movement party to be killed in the past 15 days, according to the Mail.
“It is unthinkable that participating in political life means putting one’s life at risk,” the party said in a statement. “This is the most violent election in Mexican history, and in Citizen’s Movement we are not willing to act as if that is normal.”
The slaying was “without a doubt” the work of organized crime gangs, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Wednesday.
The gangs were killing candidates to scare away would-be voters, according to the president.
“When there is a lot of abstentionism, the mafias dominate the elections,” he said.
Most of the 34 slain candidates were vying for nominations or running for local posts, according to the Etellekt consulting firm.
More than 20,000 positions will be determined following the June 6 election — including thousands of mayors and local counselors, in addition to a new lower house of congress and 15 state governors, The Independent reported.
With Post wires