Saturday, February 21, 2015

Political Activist Murdered in Central Mexico

MEXICO CITY – The local chairwoman of Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, in the central town of Lagunillas was murdered, her party colleagues said Friday.

Cecilia Izaguirre Camargo was attacked while driving in the nearby community of Pinihuan.

The PRI leader in San Luis Potosi state, Joel Ramirez, condemned the killing and demanded an “exhaustive and expedited investigation” to find those responsible.

Ramirez also expressed concern about an increase in violence against political activists as the state prepares for elections.

Besides representing the PRI, Izaguirre Camargo was coordinator of Social Development in Lagunillas.

One of her relatives, Guadalupe Castillo Olvera, is the PRI candidate for mayor of Lagunillas.

Mexicans will go to the polls July 7 to select federal lawmakers, 1,487 municipal officials and governors in nine states, including San Luis Potosi.

A prospective congressional candidate for Mexico’s center-left PRD and two other members of that party were slain earlier this week in the southern state of Oaxaca.

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