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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Mayor-elect of Penjamillo, Michoacán, Kidnapped by Armed Men

"MX" for Borderland Beat

Party leaders say that Gilberto Mejia Salgado had received death threats.
The mayor-elect of Penjamillo, Michoacan, under the Solidarity Encounter Party (PES), Gilberto Mejía Salgado, was kidnapped this morning by a group of armed civilians while he was opening his business.

The kidnappers, who were carrying handguns, arrived in a red truck without license plates, then parked it on a street in front of Penjamillo's downtown square. Witnesses said that Mejia Salgado was forced into the vehicle.

Gilberto Mejía was elected on 6 June 2021 in a tight election. He won with a 83-vote difference against Paulina Marlene Herrera González, who was part of a three-party coalition.

Penjamillo, adjacent to Guanajuato and Jalisco, is a turf disputed by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and United Carteles (CU). Other groups like Los Viagra, La Familia Michoacana, and the Knights Templar Cartel have been active in this area.

Political violence has also added another layer to the cartel war in the region. These criminal groups seek to control towns like Penjamillo by infiltrating local party candidates and other municipal officials.

On June 10, the former mayor of Penjamillo, José Leyva Duarte (2015-2018), was shot to death on the highway leading to Angamacutiro. His murder is currently unsolved.

Three years earlier, in 2018, former Penjamillo mayor Francisco Piceno Camacho suffered the same fate. He was assassinated in Mexico City shortly after elections.

Political campaigns in Mexico were marked by violence. From September 2020 to June 2021, more than 50 politicians were assassinated.

Police officers arrive at the business where Mejia Salgado was kidnapped

20 comments:

  1. this guy looks like my uncle from NL... hope the mayor is doing okay if he was innocent. sounds like the party coalition he went up against may be unhappy. why would anyone run for mayor in a town where other ex-mayors have already been wacked? crazy life.

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    1. Mayor elect of Pendejillo?

      LMAO

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  2. And the government does not want citizens of Michoacan to arm themselves. This could have been stopped, and criminals shot, forget about holding them for the Police as police work together with them.

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  3. do mayor-elects get security, or does it kick off once they join office?

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    1. They say yes, but none ever show up.
      They also promised reporters body guards, but they to never show up.

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  4. They just found the vehicle that was used by the suspects in his kidnapping burned out and destroyed:
    https://primeraplana.mx/archivos/821239

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    1. Actually may have been found a bit ago. More sources:

      https://brunoticias.com/vehiculo-secuestraron-alcalde-electo-penjamillo/

      https://www.elimparcial.com/mexico/Secuestran-a-Gilberto-Mejia-Salgado-alcalde-electo-de-Penjamillo-Michoacan-20210629-0152.html

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  5. Doesn't look like a red truck mentioned in the article. The red chevy is when the police arrived, maybe the article is incorrect on the red color

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  6. One mayor gets killed and his replacement gets kidnapped. Wow where do you sign up for this detail???

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    1. Lol funny how the system works.

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    2. You want to sign up, no problem.
      You will be able to collect bribe money. Do whatever you want to do while holding office.
      The downfall, life will be short lived.

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  7. Goodbye Borderland Beat, Mexican news is too much for me. Death and violence all the time, peace and love to the ppl of Mexico.

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    1. Sorry we did not meet your satisfaction. We are happy to refund your subscription.
      Have a wonderful day.

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    2. 😂🤣😂

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    3. 11:33 is definitely moving on to naughty America

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    4. 1:21 I don't know what Naughty America is, I live in South Africa and my country is a bit messed up. But Mexico is all the way f'd up, I hope things change for the better for the good people of Mexico.

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  8. Damn i know this man id sit in there and chat with him. Damn penja sad day.

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  9. I'm from Panama the cartel is something that is just apart of life ...Where the problem lies is when the police act like they are not on payroll...It's been happening since my great great grandfather who was cartel in panama....Let the cartel operate period or shit like this happens you will never stop las cartels nunca yo significa nunca ....living in latin america just mind your business don't try and change what the government profits from ....Give the cartels there space let them operate if you don't it spills over into the street so best option for all of latin america is to make a deal with all the largest cartels no killings of civilians other cartel members not our problem you want peace that's it

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    1. That’s not a solution cause, cartels only doing drugs is a illusion.

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