Several congressional candidates of Mexico’s Social Democratic Party, all supporters of drug legalization, have been targeted in recent attacks, and the party chairman suspects drug cartels.
A small leftist party in favor of legalizing drugs said Monday that four of its congressional candidates have been attacked while campaigning ahead of Mexico’s July 5 midterm elections.
The latest incident took place Sunday, when a campaign worker was hurt by glass shards after unknown assailants fired on candidate Emmanuel Lopez’s vehicle in Acapulco, Social Democratic Party chairman Jose Carlos Diaz Cuervo said at a press conference.[…]
Last Friday, Diaz said, a Molotov cocktail was hurled at PSD hopeful Celina del Carmen Avalos in Tijuana, an incident that followed attacks on two of the party’s candidates in the central state of Mexico.
The assaults have “a clear intention to intimidate us … something we interpret as a sign we are doing well, disturbing precisely the interests that have this country prostrate before organized crime,” the PSD chairman said. [Latin American Herald Tribune]
Though PSD deputy chairman Luciano Pascoe said that the party had no direct evidence the cartels were responsible, he said the attacks “are directed against the party, against the proposals, and this speaks of a political profile”.
Diaz said something else interesting at the press conference:
“Doubtless, unlike the federal government, it appears the drug traffickers do understand that the regulation of that market would take the business away from them and would be a more intelligent way to combat them.
And he’s right. Even the drug cartels are smart enough to realize what our politicians seem incapable of figuring out: the only way to loosen the stranglehold of the cartels is to deny them their blood money by ending drug prohibition.