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Mexican drug gangs may intimidate voters, rig elections, archdiocese warns

Catholic World News - June 21, 2010

The Archdiocese of Mexico City is fearful that drug traffickers are organizing politically to “impose candidates” on the voters in elections scheduled for July 4.

An editorial in the archdiocesan newspaper warned that the drug cartels may intimidate voters in some areas, keeping the vote totals low enough to assure the victory of their own favored candidates. The paper noted that the gangs “control entire neighborhoods in some cities.” Intimidation tactics may be equally effective in small isolated towns.

Church leaders have issued several warnings about the growing strength of the competing drug cartels, which have been responsible for a surge in violent crime in many Mexican regions, particularly near the US border.

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