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Hurricane Agatha/Elections in Oaxaca Are Not in Danger: AMLO

By Paloma Duran | Thu, 06/02/2022 - 13:07

Authorities will assess damages caused by Hurricane Agatha in Oaxaca. National Civil Protection Coordinator Laura Velazquez reported that today the Welfare Secretariat will begin a census to identify the number of victims and assess damages caused by hurricane Agatha. In addition, the Governor of Oaxaca Alejandro Murat stressed that of the 33 people who disappeared yesterday, there are still six people are missing. “Yesterday, unfortunately, more bodies of missing people were found. My deepest condolences to their family. To the families of the remaining six missing, I want to assure you that we are doing everything we can to find them. We also seek to strengthen the state’s infrastructure as soon as possible, especially since there is an 80 percent chance that a new cyclone will hit the state's shores."

On Monday, Hurricane Agatha was listed as a category two hurricane, the strongest hurricane to hit Mexico's Pacific coast since 1949. The hurricane brought heavy rain that led to landslides and flash floods. Additionally, the hurricane left 30,000 people without electrical power. The Ministry of Defense announced that there are 1,900 officers and 1,500 sailors working on rescuing missions. In addition, the authorities indicated that with the implementation of the DN-II Plan, which establishes how the population will be assisted in the event of natural disasters, human and material resources will be optimized to find missing people more rapidly.

Developments in the investigations of murdered journalists in Veracruz. Deputy Minister of Security Ricardo Mejía reported there are three new arrests warrants against those responsible for the death of journalists Yessenia Mollinedo and Sheila García. “In regards to these journalists, we issued three new arrest warrants. One of the new warrants aims at capturing the mastermind of the attacks.  These warrants have been added to the previous two that we had already issued. We continue working to bring justice to the case.”

On May 1, an unidentified man shot Mollinedo and Garcia inside their car in Veracruz. Both worked for the newspaper "El Veraz". Mollinedo was director while García was a reporter. Although the government emphasized that their profession was not the reason for their murder, journalists and family members argue that this theory has not been fully proven, therefore, their death should be included as part of the statistics. Taking into account the death of both journalists, the number of journalists killed in Mexico rises to 11, making 2022 the most violent year for journalists.

Violence will not stop elections from happening in Oaxaca: AMLO. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador stressed that there are no indications that the violence in Oaxaca could affect the installment of polling stations or elections for governors. “We do not want people to worry or be afraid, there is no evidence that there will be violence. We call on citizens to participate without fear. Exercise your right to vote!”

On June 5, elections for governors will be held in Hidalgo, Oaxaca, Quintana Roo, Tamaulipas, Aguascalientes and Durango. According to the report “Political violence in Mexico Electoral process 2022”, from September 1, 2021 to May 31, 2022 there have been 85 attacks on politicians , but zero deaths in these states. The report highlighted that Oaxaca concentrates 51 percent of these attacks. According to the polls carried out to date, in Oaxaca the MORENA candidate Salomón Jara leads the elections with 51.1 percent of the votes, followed by the PRI candidate Alejandro Avilés with 22.1 percent and the PAN candidate Natividad Díaz with 7.4 percent.

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
Gobierno de México, Milenio
Photo by:   Gobierno de México
Paloma Duran Paloma Duran Journalist and Industry Analyst