All About Vigilantes

MEXICO / 7 JAN 2015

Two bloody shootouts between security forces and citizens in Mexico's turbulent Michoacan state left at least nine dead, in yet another sign of the increasingly chaotic landscape of vigilante groups…

MEXICO / 17 DEC 2014

A two-hour gun battle between rival Rural Defense Force factions in Mexico reportedly left 11 people dead, a sign that elements of this government-supported force remain caught up in a conflict…

MEXICO / 15 DEC 2014

Vigilantes in Michoacan, Mexico recently set up blockades in nine municipalities to protest government inaction and call for the dissolution of the state-mandated force created earlier this year, raising questions…

MEXICO / 11 DEC 2014

As plans to pass an amnesty law for Michoacan's self-defense forces move forward in Mexico, the state's security commissioner warned that more investigations are needed to prevent criminals from taking…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 21 NOV 2014

The prosecutor general of Michoacan state in west Mexico has admitted carrying out operations with alleged drug traffickers in the hunt for Knights Templar criminal boss "La Tuta," yet again…

BARRIO 18 / 13 NOV 2014

In the first photo, there’s three of them: the first guy is fully dressed in military garb, with olive green camouflage, and hoists an M-16 with a practiced pose: the…

HUMAN RIGHTS / 5 NOV 2014

The violence of Mexico's so-called "war on drugs" has caught the attention of the international community, with calls for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to turn its attention to the…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 29 OCT 2014

The head of Mexican criminal group the Knights Templar, "La Tuta," has vowed to "fight to the end" in a defiant rant released at a time when staying quiet and rebuilding…

MEXICO / 21 OCT 2014

The murder of a Rural Defense Force commander in Mexico has reignited the debate over the legalization of vigilante forces, highlighting the lack of resources and protection afforded to those…

JALISCO CARTEL / 15 OCT 2014

In the competitive and ever-changing environment of Mexico's drug trade, groups like the CJNG and the Knights Templar have kept their position by adopting a regional strategy, rather than expanding…

AYOTZINAPA / 14 OCT 2014

Following attacks against student protesters in Mexico's Guerrero state, a guerrilla group has declared war on the Guerreros Unidos criminal organization, a move that could further complicate an already tenuous…

JALISCO CARTEL / 13 OCT 2014

In late September, members of Mexico's Gendarmerie, the new federal police squad, made a quiet but significant discovery among the lime farms of the Tierra Caliente region in Michoacan state.

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