Elections Mexico Style: Threats of punishment in failure of attending PRI Rally
The long road of electoral campaigns for the election of Sunday July 7 in Guerrero, ended the same way it began, punctuated by acts of violence, vandalism and invasion of organized crime.
Highlighting the latest intrusive acts befallen the campaign wind down, was the attack early hours of the day ensued at the offices of the PAN (National Action Party) in Guerrero, where unidentified persons threw an explosive devices, and the arrest of Carlos Sánchez Villafuerte aka Ulises Hernández Ramírezan (left) alleged financial operator of the Cártel Independiente de Acapulco (CIDA).
Sánchez Villafuerte is attributed for organizing a rally for PRI Guerrero gubernatorial candidate, Hector Astudillo Flores.
The candidate, whose election theme was “A warrior for order and peace”, has been mum about the arrest of his advocate, Sánchez Villafuerte.
The PRD party however, issued a statement; the state president of the PRD, Celestino Cesáreo Guzman, at a press conference announced his party's position regarding the arrest of the alleged kingpin Carlos Sanchez Villafuerte and / or Ulises Hernandez Ramirez, accused as the financial operator of the Independent Cartel of Acapulco (CIDA ), information circulating in national media.
Celestino Cesáreo requested to the media that the federal authorities, especially the PGR investigate alleged links to organized crime in the campaign with the PRI candidate for governor, Hector Astudillo Flores, since the detainee stated as who organized an event for the tricolor flag bearer party.
Official statement from federal police regarding the arrest which they announced was cultivated after a 3 month investigation.
Official statement from federal police;
"(The suspect) is identified as the financial operator of a criminal group in the state of Guerrero and likely responsible for the transfer, sale and distribution of narcotics as well as extortion, kidnapping and executions.
From the subject was seized; a handgun, .45 mm, two magazines, 13 rounds of ammunition, four cell phones of different brands. The suspect was transferred to Mexico City to be turned over to SEIDO of the Federal Public Prosecutor's Office."
According to reports, since Wednesday, a group with a man identified as “El Chico” was sent by Sánchez Villafuerte to the Central Market trading posts (Mercado Central) to determine how many people would attend the PRI rally.
It was demanded that residents attend the rally with a minimum of one other person or else they would charge 200 pesos failing to attend.
Traders at the Boulevard of Nations were also threatened with a penalty for non-attendance. The penalty was having trade “privileges” suspended for a month.
At the time of his arrest, in the interior of a shop, the cartel finance capo wore a campaign shirt of Astudillo Flores.
The rally was cancelled.