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Mexico Vigilantes

Mexican Vigilantes: Caught Between Cartels and U.S. Drug Consumers

Sergio Muñoz Bata | Posted 09.06.2014 | World
Sergio Muñoz Bata

Public opinion polls show that the majority of Mexicans believe self-defense is the best way to protect your community and a larger majority sees nothing wrong with vigilante justice. One could argue that such an outcome is predictable in a country where 105,000 people are kidnapped for ransom every year, where criminal groups blackmail one of every 10 Mexicans and 96 percent of recorded crimes go unpunished.

Spotlight On Mexico As Violence Erupts Close To The U.S. Border

AP | CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN | Posted 04.30.2014 | Latino Voices

CIUDAD MIER, Mexico (AP) — Once again, the bodies are piling up. At least 14 people died Tuesday in several firefights between federal forces and g...

Mexico Vigilantes Kill 5 Suspected Drug Cartel Supporters

AP | GUSTAVO RUIZ | Posted 04.29.2014 | Latino Voices

MORELIA, Mexico (AP) — Five suspected drug cartel supporters are dead after vigilantes fighting the Knights Templar cartel in western Mexico engaged...

Mexico Vigilantes Search Caves For Cartel Leader

AP | Posted 04.25.2014 | Latino Voices

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Vigilantes are searching an extensive cave system in the hunt for the last fugitive boss of the Knights Templar drug cartel, a "s...

Vigilante Group Moves In On Gang-Held City In Mexico

AP | JOSE-LUIS DIAZ and MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN | Posted 02.10.2014 | Latino Voices

APATZINGAN, Mexico (AP) — Vigilantes who have driven a quasi-religious drug cartel from a series of towns in western Mexico entered a gang-held city...

Mexico Takes Risk By Legalizing Vigilantes

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 01.29.2014 | Latino Voices

MEXICO CITY (AP) — After months of tacit cooperation with rural vigilantes trying to drive out a cult-like drug cartel, the Mexican government is se...

Mexico Vigilante Groups To Become 'Institutionalized' Under New Deal

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 03.30.2014 | Latino Voices

MEXICO CITY (AP) — After months of tacit cooperation with rural vigilantes trying to drive out a vicious drug cartel, the Mexican government has mov...

Mexico Sends In Security Forces After Clashes Between Drug Traffickers And Vigilante Groups

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 03.16.2014 | World

APATZINGAN, Mexico (AP) — Federal forces will take over security in a large swath of a western Mexico state where firefights between vigilante group...

Mexican Community Protests Arrival Of Vigilantes

AP | EDUARDO VERDUGO | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices

PARACUARO, Mexico (AP) — Residents of a town in western Mexico set fire to at least three trailer trucks Thursday to protest the arrival of more tha...

2 Dead After Mexico Vigilantes Take Over Another Town

AP | Posted 11.17.2013 | Latino Voices

MORELIA, Mexico (AP) — Vigilantes belonging to a "self-defense" movement took over another town in the Mexican state of Michoacan Saturday amid conf...

In Tense Mexican State, Vigilantes Refuse To Disarm

Agence France Presse | Leticia Pineda | Posted 07.23.2013 | World

Farmers wearing bulletproof vests and toting assault rifles ride in pick-up trucks emblazoned with the word "self-defense" to protect this rural Mexic...

Mexican Vigilantes Seize Town, Arrest Police

AP | BERTHA RAMOS | Posted 04.01.2013 | World

ACAPULCO, Mexico -- Hundreds of armed vigilantes have taken control of a town on a major highway in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero, arresting loc...

Mexico Vigilantes Tied To Drug Cartel

AP | Posted 03.09.2013 | Latino Voices

MEXICO CITY -- A federal prosecutor in Mexico said Friday that a group of vigilantes in western Mexico appears to have links to the Jalisco New Genera...

Mexico's Vigilante Group Turn Over 11 Detainees

AP | Posted 04.11.2013 | Latino Voices

MEXICO CITY — The Mexican farmers who took up arms against drug-gang violence and crime in the mountains of southern Mexico have turned over to ...

Mexican Vigilantes Take Justice Into Their Own Hands

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 04.02.2013 | World

MEXICO CITY — Vigilantes who have taken up arms against drug cartel violence and common crime in southern Mexico announced Thursday they will br...