Political Violence

The Assassination of Luis Donaldo Colosio: 20 Years Later

The 1994 assassination of Mexican presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio remains shrouded in mystery.

The 1994 assassination of Mexican presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio remains shrouded in mystery.

Our friends at Animal Político today published an article highlighting a set of declassified documents on the March 23, 1994, assassination of Luis Donaldo Colosio, a reform-minded presidential candidate from Mexico’s ruling party who was the heir-apparent to outgoing President Carlos Salinas. Although officially determined to be the work of a lone assassin, his killing has long been shrouded in mystery and is the source of numerous conspiracy theories that persist to this day.

The information featured in the article was found among some 65 declassified documents provided to the editors of Animal Político by the National Security Archive that were obtained using the U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Among the most interesting revelations are doubts on the part of U.S. Embassy officials that the Mexican government was conducting a serious investigation into the matter.

While the case is admittedly a hard nut to crack, some of our contacts in the [political] opposition assert that the government is not trying its hardest to resolve the questions and is obstructing progress in some instances.

We’ll be featuring more from the collection in coming days. In the meantime, check out the article over at Animal Político (in Spanish).

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s