Mexican candidate launches poll campaign to protest COVID, cartel-related deaths


A congressional candidate launched his election campaign from a coffin to highlight the deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic and cartel-related violence.

Carlos Mayorga, a lower house candidate for the Encuentro Solidario party in the northern state of Chihuahua, Mexico, said he was conveying a message to politicians that people were dying “because of their indifference.”

Mayorga appeared inside a gold-coloured casket during a campaign rally on a bridge between the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and El Paso, Texas.

Several aides escorted him carrying bouquets to highlight Mexico’s COVID-19 death toll of over 200,000 - roughly estimated to be the highest in the world.