Police on guard: Germany has warned its citizens about travel in Mexico. Police on guard: Germany has warned its citizens about travel in Mexico.

Germany warns about pre-election violence

Two pre-candidates have been assassinated in Guerrero in the last week

The government of Germany has warned its citizens that security in Mexico will likely worsen in the lead-up to this year’s elections.


In a new comprehensive travel advisory, the country’s ministry of foreign affairs says “the security situation in many parts of Mexico is constantly deteriorating [and] the presidential, congressional and gubernatorial elections of July 1, 2018 are expected to increase violence further.”

The document entitled “Mexico: Travel and Safety Information” also warns that political demonstrations can turn into violent clashes and should therefore be avoided.

Furthermore, it alerts citizens to the dangers of crime affecting areas they may frequent during a trip to Mexico.

“Violent offenses as a result of high levels of general crime, but also in connection with organized crime (robberies, kidnappings, homicides, acts of revenge), are increasingly taking place in central locations in broad daylight. In organized crime disputes, even bystanders can be harmed,” the warning said.

It also urges caution when dealing with police officers, noting that elements of organized crime have on occasion infiltrated security forces and warns that violence against women, especially in tourist areas, is on the rise.

The advisory specifically advises German citizens to exercise increased caution in the states of Tamaulipas, Sinaloa and Colima as well as rural areas of Guerrero, Michoacán and Jalisco.


It also discourages travel to several cities including Acapulco, Tijuana, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Culiacán and Ecatepec and advises against visiting or staying in the center of Cancún at night, citing the recent occurrence of several violent clashes in the Quintana Roo resort city.

The warning likewise advises German citizens to take special care in certain districts of Mexico City including the neighborhoods of Tepito, Doctores and Lagunilla and the boroughs of Gustavo A. Madero, Venustiano Carranza and Iztapalapa.

In addition, the document warns about the dangers of natural disasters in Mexico including volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tropical storms.

The warning follows updated Mexico travel advice issued by the governments of the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom earlier this year.

It also comes in the wake of several political assassinations in recent months. The southern state of Guerrero has been particularly hard hit.

Antonia Jaimes Moctezuma, a state Congress pre-candidate for the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) in Chilapa, was shot and killed last week while inside a restaurant she owned.

Guerrero security spokesman Roberto Álvarez Heredia said that two armed men arrived at the restaurant on a motorcycle before entering and firing directly at Jaimes, who died at the scene.

Another pre-candidate for state Congress was also killed yesterday in Chilapa, a particularly violent city about 50 kilometers east of state capital Chilpancingo.

Dulce Rebaja Pedro, a 28-year-old regional coordinator for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), was abducted and murdered alongside her 30-year-old cousin, a state police officer.

The woman’s uncle was also killed over the weekend and another family member is missing.

Two men who planned to run for mayor in the municipalities of Zihuatanejo and Atoyac de Álvarez were also murdered at the end of last year as was the sitting mayor of Petatlán, Guerrero.

Earlier this month, a pre-candidate for the position of mayor in the México state municipality of Cuautitlán Izcalli was also killed.

Francisco Rojas San Román, who hoped to represent the PRI on the ballot, and his sister-in-law were attacked on February 3 in front of the former’s home. Both later died in hospital.

The México state Attorney General’s office said last week that a 29-year-old man had been arrested in the northern state of Durango in relation to the crime.

With 29,168 homicides, 2017 was Mexico’s most violent year in at least two decades.

Strategies to combat the worsening security situation will undoubtedly feature prominently in the campaign for the July 1 presidential election, which is set to be contested by three major party and three independent candidates.

Source: El Universal (sp), Milenio (sp), El Economista (sp)

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  • cooncats

    And people still can’t figure out why the U.S. feels a very strong need to secure their southern border…

    • ChCh

      right, because 17 people didn’t die last week in a few minutes of shooting in a high school. So much safer up there.

      • cooncats

        30,000 reported murders in Mexico for a country 37% the population of the U.S. and that doesn’t count the unreported. Basically all the border states under cartel control. About 40 percent of the country’s area not controlled by the government. Now cited as the most corrupt country in Latin America and among the OECD members. Yeah it is safer up there genius. For the most part the cops do their job although they sure as hell didn’t in Florida, did they?

        • Andrew Conte

          so….when the 43 students were killed in Ayotzinapa, why wasn’t there U.S. intervention? Because there was no profit it in for the U.S. The U.S. destroys Libya, a country that was doing extremely well….everyone had housing, healthcare, food etc… But it was destroyed because Gadaffi wanted to unify Africa. The U.S. intervenes only when there is profit for the U.S.

          • cooncats

            That’s quite a tangent you’ve gone off on, LOL. Yeah, Gadafi was a real angel, double LOL. BTW I’m not a fan of foreign military misadventurism either but that has nothing to do with building a wall on your own side of the border to keep the criminals and illegals out. See if you can figure out the difference between that and invading some country.

        • Anthony Stein

          And that shit hole up there is one of the most corrupt countries in the world asshole! Pull your head out of your ass! Compared to other modern civilized countries yours is a bag of shit!

          • cooncats

            Nice demonstration of limited vocabulary and ability to make one’s arguments intellectually. LOL

          • Anthony Stein

            When one deals with white trash like yourself it is the only way to respond! Pardon me. There is no argument is there? The USA is one of the most corrupt countries in the world! It is in itself designed that way. The strong prey on the weak like cannibals! Yeck!

          • cooncats

            Aww poor lefty baby can’t handle anything other than his own opinion. I suggest however you look up the international survey of corruption and check the rankings of the U.S. and Mexico. Denial isn’t a river in Egypt, genius. LOL

          • Anthony Stein

            It is good that you compare the US to Mexico big brain! I meant modern civilized countries not two corrupted countries like the Excited States and Mexico. International survey of corruption?? LMAO!

      • Jeff Swanson

        Some facts 4.8 actual gun murders/homicides in the USA per 100,000, fact Chicago about 23 actual gun homicides and murders per 100,000 FACT MEXICO average last year 24 per 100,000 5 times WORSE then the USA, experts strongly dispute this number say it is closer to 35 per 100,000 in Mexico.
        Some Mexican cities it is nearly 100 gun homicides per 100,000 residents!
        FACT Google it Wikipedia, US Gun violence “Mass Shootings” are Over BY FAR the lowest % of US Gun violence, the highest? Innercity gang violence, minorities killing minorities!
        And these are some sico, who years ago would have been locked up, BUT the ACLU makes sure they are on the streets, in Mexico it is plain murder by organized gangs.
        Take Detroit and Chicago OUT of the US numbers, and the USA overall gun homicide rate plummets to among the worlds lowest, gotta wonder?

        • Jeff Swanson

          In saying some sico, I meant the perp of these US Mass shootings, they are seriously mentally ill folks, WHATS the excuse in Mexico?

          • Andrew Conte

            the excuse in Mexico is the war on drugs which has been a complete disaster…thanks to the U.S. Once Mexico gets the courage to align itself with other Latin American countries, it will be better off…They are already doing corn trade with Argentina and not the U.S. because of the rift with the wall. The U.S. has created problems for many nations around the world….

          • Dallas Autery Y Rocio Heredia

            this part of your comment is incorrect ¨They are already doing corn trade with Argentina and not the U.S. because of the rift with the wall¨. Mexico is inceasing its corn imports from Argetnina and Brazil but it is also still buying much more from the US. from a Reuter article dated Feb 22 2018, ¨Gramosa and its domestic rival Comercializadora Portimex didn’t import any Brazilian corn in 2016. But last year, they imported nearly 260,000 metric tonnes of it – worth about $44 million at current prices – between September and December. The deals have not been previously reported.

            U.S. corn exports to Mexico also rose, despite the rapid increase in the flow from Brazil, because Mexico needed record imports in 2017 to compensate for the impact of a drought on domestic corn production.

            Mexico boosted U.S. imports by 6.6 percent, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) data. Mexico buys far more corn from the United States than Brazil, taking 14.7 million tonnes in 2017, according to U.S. government data.¨

      • Dallas Autery Y Rocio Heredia

        Mexico has very strict gun control and yet almost 30k murders. Another article on this site says that 60% of those were by gun. so 18k gun murders in our very strict gun controlled country. thats more than the total murders in 2016 in the US. they have not released 2017 US numbers yet.

        • Andrew Conte

          You do realize that under the Obama administration, arms were delivered from the u.s. to the cartels. Let’s stop pointing the finger at Mexico and the rest of the world for the mass destruction of countries and innocent people by the terrorist nation of the United States

          • Dallas Autery Y Rocio Heredia

            yep. Obama was responsible for Fast and Furious. That doesnt account for all the fully auto Ak 47s, also known as cuernos los chivos, which are the favorite of the cartels here in Sinaloa. They are not coming from the US. More likely they come from China with the ephedrine shipments to make the meth. But you can blame the US if it makes you feel better.

  • DeplorableVI

    Lawless people from a lawless country insisting on bring their lawlessness to the United States. Build that wall and make Mexico pay for it. Mexico gives us more trouble than all our other neighbors combined. Canada, Russia, Burmuda, Bahamas and Turks and Cuba combined doesn’t cause us near the trouble Mexico does.

  • kallen

    They should make guns illegal in Mexico! Oh wait, they already are….never mind.