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View of the hearse carrying Ocampo municipality Mayor and candidate for the PRD Party, Fernando Angeles, in Ocampo View of the hearse carrying Ocampo municipality Mayor and candidate for the PRD Party, Fernando Angeles, in Ocampo  (AFP or licensors)

Entire police force of Mexican town under arrest

The entire Pólice Force of the town of Ocampo in the Western State of Mexico is under arrest, and is being questioned about the shooting death of a businessman who was candidate for Mayor.

By James Blears

Fernando Angeles Juarez was shot dead by a group of gunmen in the town of Ocampo. He's the third candidate to be murdered in the wild Western State of Michocan in just over a week.

Prosecutors accused the local Pólice Chief Oscar Gonzalez Garcia of involvement. But when Federal Pólice went to arrest him, his Officers, who outnumbered them, prevented it. So they went away and returned with re-inforcements arresting him and all his colleagues, numbering 28.

This coming Sunday is Presidential Election Day in Mexico.

There are also simultaneous Congressional and local Elections. More than 100 politicians have been murdered by organized crime, in the runup to July 1st.

 

Listen to James Blears' report
25 June 2018, 17:03