Drug cartels have been trying to change the votes of Mexican citizens by threatening that their houses be burned and their families killed inside them. They did not want the PRD party to be one of the final candidates so they made phone calls to Morelia (a state capital) threatening them with these attacks also saying that if anyone mentions this threat they will all be killed.
Well, it turns out that the PRD candidate was unsuccessful in getting voted, and he proclaims it was the cartels’ fault.
However, there are still other candidates that are standing for the freedom of voting and saying that they will continue to encourage citizens to vote who they please…that is one right they (cartels) cannot take away from the people.
I guess we’ll see how all of that turns out this coming year in the official election in 2012.
I’m not sure if the Mexican inhabitants are totally convinced by the cartels or by the government. In the end people choose what they want to do…which may result in death, which may not. It’s really unfortunate that even for something so small as voting for someone can be a threat to their life.
Meanwhile, the United States is worried about its own election, where the candidates don’t have much to say about this entire issue.
It’s an odd thought for me as an American in present day to have a censorship on voting.
I suppose if this were over 90 years ago, I would have not been able to vote since I’m a woman.
But thankfully I’m not living in that era.
And thankfully my life is not threatened if I want to vote for a specific person or party.
I’m extremely fortunate to have many freedoms. Now if only the drug abusers in the U.S. that also possess many of those freedoms will think about the freedoms (or lack of) of those innocent people in Mexico.
But it doesn’t seem likely.