All About Vigilantes

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 28 OCT 2013

A series of coordinated attacks on electrical plants and gas stations in Michoacan, Mexico has taken the state's conflict between drug cartels and vigilantes to the next level, and once…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 7 OCT 2013

A series of "narcomantas" likely linked to the Knights Templar cartel have appeared in Michoacan threatening to form a guerrilla army to combat self-defense militias, as the west Mexico state's long running…

MEXICO / 18 SEP 2013

Naturalized US citizen and aspiring community activist Nestora Salgado sits in a Mexican federal prison, snared by the government's push-back against the armed self-defense movement sweeping the country's southern Pacific…

MEXICO / 13 SEP 2013

A politician in Mexico has been hacked to death in a machete attack during a secret media interview, leaving questions over who killed him, how they knew where he was,…

MEXICO / 22 AUG 2013

As vigilante drama in violence-plagued Michoacan, Mexico continues, the state government has proposed placing former military commanders at the head of municipal police forces in a bid to improve local…

MEXICO / 16 AUG 2013

Mexico’s human rights ombudsman warned that more vigilante groups, of the type that have clashed with authorities in southwestern states, could emerge in different places because the government is not…

MEXICO / 16 AUG 2013

Mexico security forces arrested the leader of a self-defense militia, amid allegations the group was established to claim royalties from a local mining concession, prompting more debate on the real…

MEXICO / 9 AUG 2013

Self-defense groups in Guerrero, Mexico have freed detained soldiers and entered into talks with the state government in an attempt to diffuse the crisis that threatened to derail efforts to…

MEXICO / 6 AUG 2013

Self-defense groups in Guerrero, Mexico have detained at least 60 soldiers and announced plans to take over a municipal government building as it becomes increasingly clear that authorities' attempts to…

JALISCO CARTEL / 30 JUL 2013

The attacks on Mexican security forces by armed men across the Pacific Coast state of Michoacan in the past week have killed dozens of people and mocked the federal government's…

JALISCO CARTEL / 24 JUL 2013

In the latest convulsion of violence in the embattled Michoacan state, two Mexican national police, and 20 civilians have been killed in ambushes targeting police, adding an apparently planned and…

JALISCO CARTEL / 23 JUL 2013

Five people were killed and various others injured after an unidentified group shot at protesters in southwest Mexico's Michoacan state, in one of several recent incidents marking escalating violence in…

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