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OAS Secretary General Condemns Murder of Mexican Candidate for Governor

  June 29, 2010

The Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, condemned the murder of the candidate for Governor of the State of Tamaulipas, Mexico, Rodolfo Torre Cantú, calling it “an abominable crime aimed at the very heart of Mexican democracy.”

Insulza sent his condolences to the family of Mr. Torre Cantú and to the Mexican authorities, praising their decision to go ahead with the electoral process. He also said that with this attack, organized crime has openly defied the democratic State and will have to face the consequences. “We must not allow criminal elements to decide the politics of our countries, to impose their candidates on us or to murder the candidates put forth by the democratic order,” Insulza asserted, adding that “not only are the activities of organized crime a problem for Mexico, but for the entire American hemisphere and, as a result, it is only fitting to offer a response with a hemispheric character to the threat they represent.”

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Reference: E-260/10