At least nine dead after stage collapse at campaign rally in Mexico | Elections News

A child was reported to be among the dead after a stage collapsed during high winds at a demonstration in the state of Nuevo León.

A stage in northern Mexico collapsed when strong winds hit a presidential candidate’s campaign rally, leaving at least nine people dead and about 50 more injured, authorities said.

The collapse occurred on Wednesday during a campaign rally for the Citizen Movement party in the city of San Pedro Garza García, in the state of Nuevo León. A video on social media showed the structure falling toward the crowd, causing attendees to scatter screaming.

“I have just visited Clinic 7 and I regret to report that so far the number of people who died in the accident amounts to 8 adults and 1 minor. The injured who are in this clinic are already stable,” said the governor of Nuevo León, Samuel García, in a publication in X.

Upon returning to the scene of the accident after being discharged from a local hospital, Jorge Álvarez Maynez, presidential candidate for the Citizen Movement party, said he hoped authorities would investigate what happened and called for transparency in the process.

“I have never experienced something so sudden,” Alvarez Maynez said, referring to how the wind suddenly picked up.

Members of Mexico’s National Guard and Army were at the scene to provide support, Interior Minister Luisa Alcalde said on social media.

Miguel Treviño, mayor of San Pedro Garza García, wrote on social media that “there are people reported trapped and injured. “My prayers are with the victims.”

Campaign events will be held this week and next in anticipation of the June 2 presidential, state and municipal elections.

Álvarez Maynez, who has now suspended campaign events, is in third place in the polls, behind favorite Claudia Sheinbaum of the ruling Morena Party and opposition coalition candidate Xóchitl Gálvez.

The campaign so far has been marred by the murders of about two dozen candidates for local office.

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