Mexico’s midterm elections took a bloody turn as voters saw severed heads, grenades and more at polling stations on Sunday, according to reports.
The campaign was reportedly violent, with 97 politicians killed and 935 attacked across the country. Erik Ulises Ramirez, a leftist candidate who survived an assassination attempt last month, said two of his allies were kidnapped, beaten and released in Sunday’s vote.
Five polling station workers were killed the day before the vote in Chiapas, the BBC reported.
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Local authorities found plastic bags filled with body parts in Tijuana near a polling station, and a man threw a severed head at the same polling station Mexicans across the country were voting on.
The man fled and authorities did not say whether he was apprehended or not, Reuters reported.
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Another attack saw an inactive grenade thrown at a polling station in the state of Mexico.
An attack at another station in Sinaloa forced workers to suspend voting. Voting materials were stolen in the attack.
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“People said they would vote and they would not be intimidated,” one voter said, adding that she had voted. “It was ugly.”
Coincidentally, one of the main issues voters criticized for President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s Morena was his inability to tackle rampant crime in the country.
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As a result, Obrador’s majority is expected to decline, with seats falling to between 190 and 203, down from 253 of the 500 previously won.
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