Police protect candidate Graciela Villarreal after attack at rally in El Carmen, Nuevo Leon – El Sol de México

Monterrey, NL.- Graciela Villarreal, the Morena-PVEM candidate for the municipal presidency of El Carmen, was protected by the Civil Force after the armed attack that he suffered this Friday during a rally, where his campaign photographer was injured.

The Secretary of State Security, Gerardo Palacios Pámanes, reported that due to these events, the Civil Force officially assumed control of the El Carmen Police.

“Civil Force has taken control of the Police and Traffic of the municipality of El Carmen,” said the official, as this is the second time they have assumed control of this police force.

“Regarding the events that occurred in Carmen today, it is reported that the candidate has been placed under the permanent custody of Fuerza Civil,” he added.

In a video on her Facebook account, Graciela Villarreal said that she is fine and her collaborator is out of danger.

In addition, she said that she remains firm in her candidacy to become the first mayor of El Carmen.

“Here in El Carmen, Nuevo León, no woman is touched,” he said after thanking them for their support.

According to local authorities, the events occurred this Friday afternoon in the Buena Vista neighborhood, in the El Carmen municipality, located about 40 kilometers north of Monterrey, when Graciela Villarreal was holding her political rally, at which two men arrived. board a vehicle to activate their firearms.

In the attack, the photographer who accompanies the Morenista mayoral candidate to political events was injured by a gunshot wound and at least seven other people were injured by blows and pushes while trying to flee the scene.

A local police source in El Carmen said that the injured person is a 33-year-old man who was taken to a hospital with an injury, while the candidate was unharmed and was escorted away from the scene.

El Carmen is a small town that is part of the so-called Valle de las Salinas, made up of at least 12 municipalities on the sides of the Monterrey-Nuevo Laredo highway.

The area is considered high risk by the authorities because clashes continually occur, in addition to the fact that 32 people have been kidnapped in the region in the last month.

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