Germany issues travel advisory for Mexico due to expected violence leading up to the elections

The German Ministry of Foreign Affairs has warned its citizens of a surge in violence in Mexico, triggered by the upcoming elections of July 1
Mexican Police Force supervising protest march in Mexico City – Photo: Juan Carlos Reyes García / El Universal
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The German Ministry of Foreign Affairs has warned its citizens of an expected surge in violence in Mexico due to the 2018 General Election, in which the President of the Republic, members of the Congress, and state Governors are going to be elected.

The document “Mexico: information on travels and security” (in German) states that given the increase of crimes such as robberies, kidnappings, and murders in broad daylight, and even territory disputes between organized crime groups, bystanders are at risk of being harmed.

Therefore, they urge German citizens to adhere to the recommended behavior guidelines and take additional safety measures if needed. Moreover, they caution about protests which can lead to blockades of main avenues and warned travelers to avoid such areas, as political demonstrations may turn violent.

The document further cautions about the national disasters which have hit Mexico as of late, such as the earthquakes of last February 18 and September 19 of last year, in addition to tropical storms and volcanic activity, urging tourists to follow the recommendations of local authorities.


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