“Some Americans only see the Mexico depicted in sensational headlines.”
President Barack Obama
Five children are among seven people found dead with gunshot wounds in the Mexican state of Guerrero.
The bodies were found in a field in the town of Coyuca de Benitez, which is close to the resort of Acapulco on Mexico’s Pacific coast, according to local police chief Honorio Salinas.
Some of the victims had been shot in the head.
The state has been beset by drug-related violence, and vigilante groups have formed in response.
The “self-defence groups” accuse the authorities of failing to provide security for ordinary citizens in the region.
Violence fuelled by the drugs trade is thought to have killed around 70,000 people in Mexico since 2006.
Running for public office in Mexico has long been perilous, with threats, assaults and sometimes outright killings by criminal gangs, political rivals and other opponents.
But this season is one of the worst in recent years, some experts say, with at least six candidates killed since February and another wounded in an attack that left her husband and an assistant dead. Party and campaign officials have also been assaulted, their family members targeted and sometimes killed as well.
The motives for many of these attacks, from which no major party has been spared, remain unclear. Local investigations of crimes, even killings, are notoriously haphazard and thin.
Newspapers have reported a number of candidates dropping their campaigns out of fear, and news channels have featured interviews with bloodied and bruised party members speaking after unexplained attacks.
The violence presents a problem for Mr. Peña Nieto, who has sought to highlight the country’s economy and court foreign investors while playing down the persistent trouble with crime and offering vague plans on how to address it.
Analysts say the recent electoral violence has highlighted the extent to which Mexico has failed to make progress in confronting the impunity that allows attacks during each voting cycle.
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