Security & Strategic Review - August 2022

MEXICO: Rise in lynchings reflects security failings

By all counts, it is a shocking tale. On 10 June, a young man was cornered by an angry and fear-ridden crowd in the mountainous town of Papatlazolco in the state of Puebla, accused of kidnapping children. Before the man was able to identify or defend himself, he was beaten and dragged through the streets, before being burned alive in the town square in front of a crowd of 200 people. The victim of this gruesome crime was Daniel Picazo, a political advisor for the right-wing opposition Partido Acción Nacional (PAN) in the federal chamber of deputies, who was visiting the area from Mexico City (CDMX). His killing is part of a worrying rise in lynchings in recent years, particularly in central Mexican states.

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