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In Mexico, Campaigners Fear Attacks That Have Killed 34

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A government-assigned bodyguard for mayoral candidate Guillermo Valencia stands ready during one of the PRI candidate's campaign stops in Morelia, Michoacan state, Mexico, Saturday, May 22, 2021. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador started the program to protect candidates, acknowledging that violence against candidates is alarming. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

(AP) — It’s routine preparation for a campaign stop for Guillermo Valencia, who’s running for mayor in Morelia, capital of the troubled Mexican state of Michoacan. Bodyguards ride in cars ahead and behind him. And before reaching the rally, he stops by a relative’s house to strap on a bulletproof vest. Only a driver accompanies Valencia in his own armored SUV. Other aides have been scared to ride with him since a May 8 attack that wounded a bodyguard and his private secretary and left his previous campaign vehicle riddled with bullets He’s fortunate: Thirty-four candidates have been killed in the run-up to Mexico’s June 6 midterm elections

 

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