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Stage collapse at election rally in Nuevo León, Mexico kills nine

Jorge Alvarez Maynez stage collapse news

A devastating incident occurred at an election rally in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo León, where a stage collapse resulted in the deaths of nine people, including a child, and injured around 50 others.

The collapse happened during a speech by Jorge Alvarez Maynez, a presidential candidate, who attributed the accident to a sudden gust of wind. Maynez and several team members were among those affected, though he was not injured. The event, which was captured in social media videos, saw attendees scrambling for safety as the structure toppled.

In the aftermath, Nuevo León’s Governor Samuel Garcia reported that three of the injured required surgery and advised residents to stay indoors due to ongoing severe weather.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador expressed his condolences, and the political community, including Maynez’s rivals Claudia Sheinbaum and Xóchitl Gálvez, responded with messages of support and suspended campaign events.

The incident adds to the turmoil in one of Mexico’s deadliest election seasons, with numerous politicians and public servants facing violence and threats.

A recent survey by Mexican political consultancy firm Integralia said some 200 public servants, politicians and candidates have been murdered or threatened in the lead up to the poll.

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