75 Mayors Killed in Mexico over Last 10 Years

Forensic personnel stand by on January 2, 2016 outside the house of Gisela Mota, murdered at her home by gunmen/Photo: AFP
75 Mayors Killed in Mexico over Last 10 Years

From 2006 to January 2016, 75 acting and elected municipal presidents died victims of the violence in Mexico, a report by the National Association of mayors (ANAC) reveals today.

Isidro López, who recently became the Head of the National Municipality Conference in Mexico, said in an interview that it is necessary to investigate why they were murdered and revise each specific case.

The report adds that the states with greater risks for officials are Durango, Michoacán, Oaxaca and Veracruz, followed by Chihuahua, Estado de México, Guerrero, Nuevo León, Tabasco and Tamaulipas.

Some of them ruled in municipalities controlled by the organized crime, while others were in small and isolated towns, La Jornada journal says.

The report adds that out of the 75 officials killed, 37 were acting, 7 had been elected and 31 were former municipal presidents.

Lopez said that over the last months, 10 mayors from the states of Guerrero, Tamaulipas and Sinaloa, were threatened by criminals. The threats were reported to the government secretary Miguel Ángel Osorio in order to take appropriate measures. Lastly, he said that anyone who has ties with the organized crime should be removed from office.

Source/Prensa Latina

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