At least nine dead and 63 injured when the scene of an electoral rally falls in northern Mexico

At least nine dead and 63 injured when the scene of an electoral rally falls in northern Mexico

San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico — At least nine people died and 63 were injured after a strong gust of wind collapsed the stage where Mexican presidential candidate Jorge Alvarez Maynez offered a rally Wednesday night in the town of San Pedro Garza Garcia, in the northern state of Nuevo Leon, according to authorities.

The governor of the state, Samuel Garcia, who immediately went to the place, indicated that The death toll was still preliminary and that among the dead were eight adults and one minor. who died in a hospital. He added that the injured had “different types of injuries.”

“It’s a tragedy,” he lamented.

Maynez, the candidate of the small opposition Citizen Movement party – placed in third place in the preferences – was unharmed. “The only important thing right now is to care for the victims of the accident”, were his first words on social networks after confirming that he was fine.

Videos published on networks showed how the tents and a giant screen collapsed, as well as the stage lights when the candidates were saying goodbye, and how the entire structure fell. Other recordings show people while trying to get those left under the bars and the confusion and panic that reigned afterwards. The temple was about 20 meters high.

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