All About Vigilantes

MEXICO / 23 SEP 2014

Senators in Mexico have proposed an initiative to create a law granting amnesty to imprisoned vigilantes including vigilante leader Jose Manuel Mireles, but the conditions for amnesty suggest the proposal…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 28 AUG 2014

Public transportation connecting the mountain region with the center of Mexico's Guerrero state has been suspended after a criminal group detained several vehicles, underscoring the security challenges faced by the…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 26 AUG 2014

Video footage has emerged of a vigilante leader in Michoacan, Mexico, meeting with the head of the Knights Templar just months before he joined a government-organized "Rural Defense Force," giving…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 20 AUG 2014

Homicide and extortion levels have risen significantly this year in Michoacan, southwest Mexico, indicating that vigilante groups have not proven successful at reducing violence, and may be contributing to the…

MEXICO / 16 JUL 2014

A federal judge in Mexico has ruled in favor of three vigilantes accused of carrying illegal arms on the grounds they were defending themselves in the face of the state's…

MEXICO / 7 JUL 2014

The prosecution of rebel vigilante leader Jose Manuel Mireles in Mexico has sparked a public backlash, and with a new poll suggesting 70 percent of Mexicans support the vigilante movement,…

MEXICO / 30 JUN 2014

Protests have erupted in Mexico in response to the arrest of vigilante leader Jose Manuel Mireles after he led the takeover of a Michoacan town, as the rift between…

MEXICO / 27 JUN 2014

A militia led by ousted vigilante leader Jose Manuel Mireles has seized a town near the port of Lazaro Cardenas in Michoacan as divisions in the self-defense movement threaten to derail moves…

MEXICO / 21 MAY 2014

Mexico vigilante leader Hipolito Mora has formally applied to join Michoacan's newly-formed Rural Defense Force, which would reunite him with his bitter rival, a man with alleged criminal ties whose…

MEXICO / 13 MAY 2014

Hundreds of vigilantes have joined Mexico's new "Rural Defense Force" as part of a move to legalize self-defense militas, creating a potentially critical rift between militias prepared to be absorbed…

MEXICO / 9 MAY 2014

Mexico's Michoacan vigilantes have forced out their main spokesman after questioning his psychological state, increasing confusion over who controls the self-defense militias during an already dicey legalization process.

JALISCO CARTEL / 6 MAY 2014

Reports that a new cartel made up of disparate criminal elements and vigilantes is intent on dominating Michoacan appear to validate fears of Mexico's self-defense forces criminalizing, as well as…

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