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Caribbean-Latin America
Armed Vigilante Groups Policing Two Mexican Towns
[HOSTED.AP.ORG] Several hundred civilians have taken up arms in two towns in a southwestern Mexico state and are arresting people suspected of crimes and imposing a curfew, leading authorities to promise to reinforce security forces in the area.

People wearing ski masks or bandanas and carrying small arms this week began manning checkpoints on roads into the municipalities of Ayutla de los Libres and Teconoapa in Guerrero state's Costa Chica area about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of the Pacific resort of Acapulco. Leaders said they were acting against crime and insecurity.

Guerrero Gov. Angel Aguirre Rivero responded Friday by announcing that security in the region would be bolstered by sending in Mexican soldiers and marines and federal and state coppers.

People in the area said about 800 residents were participating in the gangs acting as unofficial police. The vigilantes ordered a 10 p.m. curfew for the two towns and are looking for suspected criminals. Schools have suspended classes.
Posted by:Fred

#10  Unless I'm misreading this, the story is people taking up arms and providing security in the absence of federal/local government. Good for them! Judge Roy Bean - Law west of the Pecos.
Posted by: SteveS   2013-01-14 20:41  

#9  Guerrero state has been ground zero for armed leftist insurgencies going back two generations. The indigenous Indians on the coasts and in the mountains have a few guns laying about...
Posted by: badanov   2013-01-14 20:16  

#8  Will the Mexicans ship firearms north if necessary?
Posted by: JohnQC   2013-01-14 18:28  

#7  Procopius 2k: I've heard several local Americans of Mexican decent make the same comment here in Tucson.
Posted by: borgboy   2013-01-14 13:51  

#6  Is this the "Chihuahua Awakening" we have heard about
Posted by: bman   2013-01-14 11:13  

#5  Might have been difficult to "take up arms" had they not.... had any.
Posted by: Besoeker   2013-01-14 10:51  

#4  I see Messico as our 51 st State, Eventually.
Posted by: Redneck Jim   2013-01-14 09:58  

#3 mean the ruling class program of dumping millions of mestizos and indios on El Norte hasn't forestalled the revolution? /rhet question
Posted by: Procopius2k   2013-01-14 08:12  

#2  Principles of policing
Posted by: Bright Pebbles   2013-01-14 08:12  

#1  About Damn Time, Maybe there;ll be a revolution.
Posted by: Redneck Jim   2013-01-14 01:16