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Violence Escalates In Mexican City Ahead Of National Elections

A municipal police officer stands guard in Maravatio, Michoacan state, Mexico, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024. Two mayoral hopefuls in this city were gunned down the previous day within hours of each other, a

Recent tragic events in the Mexican city of Maravatio have highlighted the escalating violence ahead of the upcoming national elections on June 2. The killings of two mayoral candidates within hours of each other have raised concerns about the potential for increased violence during the election season.

The first victim, a gynecologist named Miguel Ángel Zavala, was found shot to death in his car on Monday. The second victim, Armando Pérez, a mayoral candidate for the conservative National Action Party, was also discovered dead in his car just before midnight on the same day.

The killings have left the community in shock and disbelief, with residents expressing anger and a sense of powerlessness in the face of such violence. The state of Michoacan, where Maravatio is located, has been particularly affected by gang turf wars, with drug cartels vying for control of the region.

Political violence has been on the rise in Mexico, with a significant number of attacks targeting politicians and government officials. The watchdog group Civic Data has warned that 2024 could be the most violent year on record, with organized crime groups increasingly interfering in local elections.

Experts point to the expanding influence of drug cartels in Mexican politics, as they seek to control local governments for financial gain. Cartels often extort protection payments from businesses and governments, making mayoral races a key battleground for their operations.

The upcoming elections are expected to be a critical test for Mexico, as the country grapples with escalating violence and political instability. The need for increased security measures and efforts to combat organized crime has never been more urgent.

As the nation prepares for the June 2 elections, the tragic deaths of the two mayoral candidates in Maravatio serve as a stark reminder of the challenges facing Mexico as it navigates a complex political landscape marred by violence and corruption.

For more news and updates on Latin America and the Caribbean, visit AP's coverage.

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