Violence erupts as Mexico’s deadly gangs aim to cement power in largest ever elections

Violence erupts as Mexico’s deadly gangs aim to cement power in largest ever elections

The Guardian

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Clashes have sparked political assassinations and the forced displacement of thousands ahead of crunch 6 June polls

Violent clashes between rival Mexican criminal groups – and their alleged allies in the security forces – are escalating ahead of mid-term elections in June, triggering a string of political assassinations and the forced displacement of thousands.

State and federal security forces have actively colluded with – and even fought alongside – the warring factions, according to local civilians, civil society activists and gunmen from various factions.

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