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Thousands protest governor’s election in Mexican border state of Coahuila amid mounting voter fraud allegations

June 10, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Thousands protest governor’s election in Mexican border state of Coahuila amid mounting voter fraud allegations

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Rage continues to spread among residents in the Mexican border state of Coahuila as more accusations and evidence indicate that efforts to rig the recent gubernatorial election were carried out in support of the ruling party.

Coahuila recently had its gubernatorial, mayoral, and congressional elections. Allegations of voter fraud started to surface soon after based on preliminary tabulations. The ruling party managed to come from behind and win by narrow margins.

Thousands of residents took to the streets of Saltillo this week to peacefully protest the results awarding the gubernatorial seat to Miguel Angel Riquelme, an Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) candidate. The PRI, especially in Coahuila and Tamaulipas, has a lengthy history of having its members serving as cartel surrogates.

Polling places were vandalized before the election in Coahuila

Breitbart Texas reported that they received pictures from Ciudad Acuña, a city located south of Del Rio, Texas. The photos show various polling places vandalized and destroyed by criminals tied with the PRI.

Soon after in Ciudad Acuña, citizens took pictures of what seems to be boxes of ballots that were discarded at a landfill. Although the state is conducting a hand tabulation, the number of voter fraud accusations continue to increase in addition to the arrests of suspects who are believed to be paying cash for votes.

The PRI candidate is seen by locals as someone who would cover and protect former governors Humberto and Ruben Moreira, who are brothers that have held power in the state for two terms. During the Humberto Moreira administration, the Los Zetas cartel was given free reign over Coahuila

In the following term, Ruben Moreira, Humberto’s brother, made state officials declare that Humberto was not guilty of any offenses in Coahuila, even though both men have not set foot in the U.S. for years, where it is reported they might be facing charges in a money laundering and drug trafficking probe.

Humberto Moreira spent time behind bars in a Spain for money laundering. He was ultimately released after the Mexican government pressed Spanish authorities.

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