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Stage collapses at Mexico campaign event, killing 9

Members of the Mexican army guard the area after a stage collapsed during a campaign rally for Mexican presidential candidate Jorge Alvarez Maynez in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, on May 22, 2024. A stage collapsed in northern Mexico as strong winds gusted through a presidential candidate's campaign rally, leaving at least five people dead and around 50 others injured, authorities said. (Julio Cesar Aguilar/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)

Gusts of wind brought down the stage at a campaign event for Mexican presidential candidate Jorge Alvarez Maynez’s Movimiento Ciudadano party, killing nine people.

The accident occurred in San Pedro Garza Garcia in the northeastern state of Nuevo Leon. State Governor Samuel Garcia said that in addition to the deaths, 70 had been taken to the hospital, according to a post on his X account. He also asked people in Nuevo Leon to stay home as the storm continued.

Claudia Sheinbaum, the frontrunner for the June 2 presidential election, and Xochitl Galvez, the runner-up in opinion polls, offered their condolences.

Alvarez Maynez said in a post on X that he was fine after being taken to hospital, and had returned to the event site. Some members of his campaign staff were injured and were receiving medical attention, he added. He also canceled further campaign events on Thursday.

He ranked third out of three candidates with 6.7% support in Bloomberg’s most recent Mexican Election Poll Tracker, behind Xochitl Galvez and the frontrunner, ruling party candidate Claudia Sheinbaum, who had 67.3% support. Elections will be held on June 2.


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