He had requested protection for his campaign

He had requested protection for his campaign
He had requested protection for his campaign

Bertha Gisela Gaytán Gutiérrez, candidate for mayor of the Mexican municipality of Celaya, She was murdered amid a wave of violence against politicians local during the election season.

The brutal attack was recorded and the sound of the shots generated commotion. It all happened on Monday afternoon in the community of San Miguel Octopan, located 10 kilometers from the municipal seat of Celaya, in the state of Guanajuato in central Mexico.

There was Gaytán Gutiérrez, who was running for mayor of the aforementioned Celaya and was leading his first campaign rally. The central axis of the event was, precisely, present their proposals on the topic of public safety.

Far from that, armed individuals came to shoot him on several occasions. Gutiérrez died at the scene, while three other people were injured during the attack.

Alma Alcaraz, candidate to govern Guanajuato for the Morena party – the same as Gutiérrez – expressed dismay during a meeting with supporters: “They have just murdered our Celaya candidate for Morena, Gisela Gaytán. This is something that has us angry, shocked, in mourning. We are going to suspend campaign activities.”

For his part, the governor of Guanajuato, Diego Sinhue, of the conservative PAN, said on the social network X that “the attack against Gaytán will not go unpunished.” He added that the state government will coordinate efforts to Candidates for any position have protection from the authorities.

An expert services agent inspects the place where Bertha Gisela Gaytán Gutiérrez was murdered. Photo: EFE

The candidate had just begun her proselytizing activities this Monday with a press conference. In the meeting with the media, she had said that her party had requested protection for the campaign.

“It is a sad day. I want to send a very affectionate hug, solidarity, my condolences, to Bertha Gisela’s family,” said President Andrés Manuel López Obrador at a press conference.

A campaign against armed violence

Celaya is the third most populated city in Guanajuato and is located in the area known as Laja Bajío, one of the most violent in the state and the country.

The city is governed by Javier Mendoza Márquez, of the National Action Party, whose son was murdered in 2022; Even so, he seeks re-election for the same party.

The violence linked to organized crime that hits Mexico is reaching politicians from various political parties, especially those who hold or aspire to obtain municipal and state positions.

The reasons range from attempts by mafias to subdue the candidates to disputes between local power groups.

Last Sunday, the candidate for federal representative of the Citizen Movement party, Alda Pacheco Juárez, reported having been the victim of an attack while traveling on the route that connects the municipalities of Cortázar and Jaral del Progreso, also in Guanajuato. However, there were no shots fired or injuries.

During the night of last Saturday, a commando murdered Guillermo Torres, mayor of the municipality of Churumuco, in the state of Michoacán (west).

On March 23, the candidate for mayor of Acatzingo, in the central state of Puebla, Jaime Gonzálezwas also shot to death.

In mid-March, Humberto Amezcua, who was seeking reelection as head of the municipality of Pihuamo, in the western state of Jalisco, was killed by armed men.

A few days before, Tomás Morales, a pre-candidate for mayor of Chilapa in the state of Guerrero (southern), was killed.

From June 4, 2023 to March 26, 2024, 50 people have been murdered in “episodes of electoral violence”, of which 26 aspired to a popularly elected position, said the consultancy Laboratorio Electoral in its latest report.

Mexico will hold presidential elections on June 2, in which Congress and dozens of local positions will also be renewed.

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