ACAPULCO (Reuters) – Dozens of Roman Catholic followers, disguised as ancient Romans and biblical figures, fled on Friday in the Mexican spa town of Acapulco after firing at a nearby car raid.
One of the robbers died of a heart attack during a shootout with police while an accomplice escaped, said the government of Guerrero, one of Mexico's most violent states.
A few minutes after the confrontation another man was killed in a nearby house, which was reported to the police as another gunshot wound. No persons in the procession were reported as injured.
The murder rates in Acapulco and the popular Los Cabos resort in the north have risen sharply in recent years as Mexico struggles against deadlocked drug-related crime.
Mexico recorded a record number of murders last year, the reigning Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), whose presidential candidate Jose Antonio Meade is leaving polls for the third round to contest the July 1 election win.
The campaigns officially started on Friday. Second and fourth place participants held midnight rallies to take vows to curb corruption and violence – two of Mexico's most critical and intertwined issues shaping the race.
Meade and the left Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who comes first in polls, will launch their campaigns on Sunday.
In Acapulco on Friday, a video verified by Reuters shows onlookers who have just completed the reenactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, which is frightening along a main street: "Stay calm, stay calm!"
A man He huddled behind a large wooden crucifix leaning against a parked car while a group of men poured in flowing red cloaks and Roman armor. Women grabbed hands with children and pushed them through the confused mob.
A shootout also interrupted a Good Friday procession in the violent city of Reynosa, leaving behind a dead, local media reported.
According to a video broadcast on television, several dozen religious demonstrators fired shouting "Get to the ground!" On the sidewalk, after the pop-pop of firearms in the choral singing passed.
A figure of Jesus in white robes with artificial blood knelt behind a huge crucifix as more shots sounded and dropped as a companion shouted that he should "leave the cross" and shield himself from the street.
Writing and Additional Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon; Arrangement by Kim Coghill