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ELECTIONS MEXICAN STYLE: People hung from bridges, other executed – July 2010

Posted by FactReal on July 6, 2010

Updated by FactReal on July 25, 2010.
ELECTIONS À LA MEXICAN
Do we want to import this drug violence to the U.S.?

36 Killed in five Mexican states ahead of Sunday’s elections (English)
Imagine waking up on Election Day and learning that drug gangs hung people from bridges; decapitated, executed and burned others to death. That is what happened in Mexico leading to the July 4th elections to replace 12 of the 31 Mexican governors.

A severed head is dumped near the house of a mayoral candidate. (LAht)

A leading gubernatorial candidate is gunned down by suspected organized criminals disguised as soldiers. (CSMonitor)

Candidates arrive to cast their ballots in bulletproof vests accompanied by security entourages. (CSMonitor)

Voters wake up to 4 bodies found hanging from bridges.

“In the violent border state of Chihuahua, four bodies were found hung Sunday morning from different bridges, an ominous, but increasingly common, message from drug traffickers. One was identified as a prison warden.” (LA Times)

The person found hanging from a bridge was Juan Scott, prison warden of CERESO in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. He was killed in a barber shop in Los Arcos colony by five thugs with guns and
military-style uniforms. [LaRedNoticias (English)]

The bodies hang from bridges “located at various places, including the intersection of Tecnológico Avenue and Arroyo Los Nogales; Periférico R. Almada and Buena Vista; Periférico R. Almada and Zootecnia…” [La Verdad (English)]

Prison warden, Juan Scott, was found hanging
from a road bridge (Source: LaRedNoticias)

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Six men tortured and executed

The bodies of six men were found “in an area adjacent to the highway Chihuahua-Delicias. The police received a report on the location of the bodies, all bearing signs of torture and large-caliber gunfire, were abandoned in an area near Horcasitas Station, about 15 kilometers from the capital.” [La Verdad (English)]

Woman burned to death

“In Ciudad Juárez a burned body of a woman was found.”
[La Verdad (English)]

More killings in Mexico
(Source: La Verdad)

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Chief and deputy of police killed

“The chief and the deputy of Municipal Police Actopan, Hidalgo, were executed.” “According to the police report, the attack was perpetrated by gunmen suspected of ‘Los Zetas’, which operate in this region. Both officers were killed on board of their patrol and their bodies were thrown into a ditch.” [La Verdad (English)]

Assassination of governor candidate one week before the election

In the border state of “Tamaulipas, a drug-riven northern state where the party’s gubernatorial candidate, Rodolfo Torre, was assassinated a week before the election. Officials said only 38% of registered voters cast ballots, a drop from the 50% that voted in the last state elections.” (USAtoday)

“Torre’s brother, Egidio, was picked to run in his place. He voted at an elementary school in Ciudad Victoria wearing a bulletproof vest and escorted by federal police in two trucks.” (FoxNews)

Drug cartel intimidation at polling stations

“Reports of unidentified gunmen circling polling stations also kept voters away. Voter participation in the crime-plagued border city of Juarez was only 20 percent, the local La Jornada newspaper reported.” (CSMonitor)

“Fear discouraged many people from voting in a state where extortion and abductions are rampant and armed men openly drive on highways with the acronym of the Gulf cartel stamped on their SUVs.” “Dozens of poll workers quit in fear over the past week. One man, an orange farmer, said his brother-in-law was kidnapped early Sunday before he was to preside over a voting station in a village outside Ciudad Victoria.” (FoxNews)

“Low turnout has historically helped the [leftist] PRI since the party never fails to mobilize a strong union and farmer base.” (CSMonitor)

UPDATES:
Invasion: Gangs, gun battles at Tex-Mex border; Updated: No US ranch seizures, 51 bodies discovered in Monterrey

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