Chapala’s Movimiento Ciudadano (MC) mayoral candidate Moy Anaya has been put under special guard by state police following a violent confrontation between several of his sympathizers and men allegedly associated with the rival Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).
The encounter occurred around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, May 13 when several masked and armed individuals reportedly assaulted MC supporters as were they driving through a Chapala neighborhood.
During the fray one of Anaya’s campaign hands was shot in the abdomen, another in the backside and a third sustained head wounds from being pelted with rocks. Two cars bearing MC insignia were savagely vandalized and campaign materials pilfered.
After medical evaluation and stabilization at the Cruz Roja clinic, the gunshot victims were transported to a Guadalajara hospital for treatment. Their companion was patched up and released.
At 5:30 a.m. in the morning Anaya was awakened by the sound of gunfire near his downtown Chapala home. Stepping outside, he discovered a menacing banner stretched out in front of the carport. The hand-lettered message read: “Sigues tu (you’re next) Moy Anaya,” with crude images of three pistols painted below.
In a hastily called press conference several hours later, Anaya blamed the attack on a PRI-operated grupo de choque (strike team), including an individual he identified as the chauffeur and bodyguard of his principal opponent, Mayor Javier Degollado, who is running for reelection.