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LA FAMILIA MICHOACANA / 19 OCT 2012

A second vigilante force has announced its arrival in a rural region of Michoacan, south Mexico, pointing to the government's failure to provide security to the population in the remote…

VENEZUELA / 8 AUG 2012

In a particularly tense election year for Venezuela, there are new fears that the militant collectives in Caracas' 23 de Enero barrio are stirring trouble, with no sign the groups…

MEXICO / 20 APR 2012

Residents of the town of Cheran in Michoacan, west Mexico, briefly kidnapped 16 police officers to demand an investigation into illegal logging in their community, following a clash between locals…

EXTORTION / 23 FEB 2012

Guatemalan authorities are investigating reports that "citizen security committees" have committed abuses against civilians in a suburb of Guatemala City.

GUATEMALA / 7 DEC 2011

A disturbing new report by elPeriodico shows how the Internet is being used to target alleged criminals in Guatemala. As with Anonymous' threats to "out" Zetas in Mexico, the case…

GUATEMALA / 14 NOV 2011

Vigilante justice is on the rise in Guatemala, according to a new government report, which says that extra-judicial attacks have shot up more than five-fold since 2004.

GUATEMALA / 4 NOV 2011

Plaza Publica investigates a vigilante group that has sprung up in a popular tourist destination in southwest Guatemala, where residents have taken the law into their own hands in the…

MEXICO / 28 SEP 2011

Examples of vigilante groups abound in Mexico, but all have been short-lived, and their emergence appears to have little to do with the rising tide of drug violence.

MEXICO / 14 SEP 2011

The mayor of a small town in northern Mexico has announced that his people are on the verge of arming themselves in response to a series of clashes between cartel…

PERU / 14 JUN 2011

As Ollanta Humala prepares to take office in a Peru increasingly concerned by drug trafficking and crime, one curious element of his security policy is a focus on legal peasant…

VENEZUELA / 27 MAY 2011

A Venezuelan non-governmental organization has released a report warning of the spread of vigilante groups, often involving police, operating in the country.

LA FAMILIA MICHOACANA / 18 MAY 2011

As drug-related violence increases in Mexico, and the justice system seems unable to cope, an increasing number of citizens are turning to vigilantism to protect themselves and administer justice in…

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