The Funeral: Mourning Rodolfo Torre, candidate for Governor of Tamaulipas, Mexico

Mourners at Funeral of Rodolfo Torre

Supporters of the candidate for Governor of Tamaulipas state for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Rodolfo Torre, mourn next to his coffin during his funeral at the Polyforum in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas state, Mexico, on Tuesday. Torre was killed along with five other people when coming back from a closing rally of his campaign. Elections for Governor will take place next July 4 in Tamaulipas.

Gunmen ambushed Rodolfo Torre’s campaign caravan Monday less than a week before he was expected to win the governor’s race in Tamaulipas, a state torn by a turf battle between two rival drug cartels. Four other people were killed: three of the candidate’s bodyguards and a state lawmaker.

President Felipe Calderon called the attack an attempt by drug gangs to sway Sunday’s elections for governors and mayors in 12 states. He warned that cartels want “to interfere in the decisions of citizens and in electoral processes.”

“Organized crime will never meet its objectives. It will not succeed in shaking our faith in democracy or undermine our confidence in the future of Mexico,” Calderon said in a televised speech.

But the attack emptied streets in Ciudad Victoria, the Tamaulipas state capital where Torre was killed. Heavily armed federal and state police patrolled in caravans. Some parents rushed to pick up their children from schools.

“I am not going to vote because there is a lot of fear. The tension is very strong,” said Maria Pilar Villegas, a convenience store clerk who said she was on the phone with her sister when she saw the news of the assassination on television. “I got chills when I saw the TV.”

Luis Donaldo Colosio

Torre, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, is the first gubernatorial candidate assassinated in Mexico in recent memory. He is the highest-ranking candidate killed since Luis Donaldo Colosio, also for the PRI, was gunned down while running for president in 1994. 

Torre, a doctor who served as the state’s health secretary, had mostly campaigned on fighting poverty, even as turf wars escalated following a split between the Gulf cartel and the Zetas gang of hit men. Local politicians often avoid discussing drug trafficking, insisting it is the federal government’s responsibility to fight organized crime.

But on Sunday before his assassination, Torre announced that security would be a priority in his government. The next day, armed men ambushed his campaign caravan, killing him and four others, including his assistant and a state legislator 

Torre’s death was the biggest setback yet for the elections. Corruption scandals, threats and attacks

Two woman mourn

on politicians have raised fears for months that Mexico’s powerful drug cartels are buying off candidates they support and intimidating those they oppose.

Calderon’s government did not say which gang was suspected in Torre’s assassination or why he would be targeted.

Tamaulipas, which borders Texas, has become a battleground between the Gulf cartel and its former ally, the Zetas gang of hit men.

Drug cartels operate in many countries throughout Latin America, including Colombia, Brazil, Central America, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Mexico, Afghanistan and South Asia. Some cartels are even establishing themselves in U.S. cities like New York, Phoenix, Houston, Atlanta, Los Angeles and San Diego.
ARE THE KILLERS HIDING IN AN AMERICAN SANCTUARY CITY TODAY? ARE THE KILLERS HAVING DINNER IN LOS ANGELES TONIGHT? WERE THEY OUT “CLUBBING” IN SAN FRANSICO LAST NIGHT? ARE THE KILLERS WAITING IN PHOENIX FOR THEIR NEXT ORDERS TO KILL ON BEHALF OF THE CARTELS?

The Assassination of Rodolfo Torre: Mexico offers armored cars, security details for other candidates

Mourners At The Funeral Of Rodolfo Torre

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico is offering to provide candidates with bulletproof vehicles and bodyguards following the assassination of a politician running for governor in the northern state of Tamaulipas.

Assistant Interior Secretary Roberto Gil says the government decided to tighten security for gubernatorial candidates and some mayoral contenders after gunmen killed Rodolfo Torre and four of his companions.

Gil says the increased security has been given to those politicians who asked for it, after a government review.

He said Thursday that few such requests have been received.

Voters will elect the governors of 12 of Mexico’s 31 states on Sunday.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/07/01/mexico-offers-armored-cars-security-details-candidates-candidate-killed/

Read the story of Torre’s assassination and Mexican Cartel violence here: 

https://mcauleysworld.wordpress.com/2010/06/29/the-arizona-law-mexican-drug-cartels-threaten-mexican-democracy-leading-politician-assassinated-obamas-inaction-threatens-american-security/

ARE THE KILLERS HIDING IN AN AMERICAN SANCTUARY CITY TODAY? ARE THE KILLERS HAVING DINNER IN LOS ANGELES TONIGHT? WERE THEY OUT “CLUBBING” IN SAN FRANSICO LAST NIGHT? ARE THE KILLERS WAITING IN PHOENIX FOR THEIR NEXT ORDERS TO KILL ON BEHALF OF THE CARTELS?

Obama’s Immigration Speech & Arziona’s Law: Mexican Drug Cartels Assassinate Leading Candidate In Governor’s Race

Mexcian drug Cartels assassinated Rodolfo Torre as he rode in his ‘Campaign Caravan” … Mr. Torre was the leading candidate for Governor in this next Sunday’s scheduled election.

Read the full story, which was posted two days ago, here:  https://mcauleysworld.wordpress.com/2010/06/29/the-arizona-law-mexican-drug-cartels-threaten-mexican-democracy-leading-politician-assassinated-obamas-inaction-threatens-american-security/

%d bloggers like this: