Friday, July 19, 2024

Municipal candidate wounded in Quintana Roo attack

A candidate running for Isla Mujeres municipal council was the victim of an armed attack Saturday evening in Quintana Roo.

Rosely Magaña Martínez was at a campaign meeting in her home on the mainland when armed civilians entered and opened fire.

The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) candidate and campaign worker Lizbeth Pasos Sarabia were wounded.

Both victims were transported to a nearby hospital but neither was in serious condition according to reports yesterday.

Authorities mounted an intense operation to locate the attackers but there have been no arrests.

Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, who has taken leave to campaign for a second term, told a press conference that at least 10 of his associates have received threats during the present electoral process.

Carrillo announced he would file a formal complaint before the state Attorney General along with information regarding the identity of the person behind the threats.

As elsewhere, the current election period has been violent in the Caribbean state.

On Thursday, campaign workers with the Social Encounter Party (PES) in Puerto Morelos were attacked while riding a motorcycle. Four vehicles intercepted them, one of which struck the bike, whose riders were then threatened with beheading.

Nothing further transpired but the incident was enough to give one of the workers a nervous breakdown.

Souce: El Universal (sp), La Jornada (sp)

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