Three members of a major political party were found dead in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, according to reports on Wednesday. Authorities say they have recovered the bodies of federal legislature candidate Carlos Martínez Villavicencio from the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD, a center-left Mexican political party), a companion Fidel Lopez, and their driver Bernardo Bautista. All three were found dead in or near their vehicle in the municipality of Santiago Juxtlahuaca, according to EFE.
According to a statement from the Oaxaca district attorney’s office, they “were ambushed by armed men in a van with Federal District license plates.” The Federal District refers to Mexico City. All three were returning from a rally just hours earlier.
For further information on recent political conflicts in southern Mexico see: PRI Mayor in Oaxaca gives orders to fire at citizens, European Parliament probe progress of investigations on murders of activists