Mexican town taken over by vigilantes trying to drive out drug cartel hits back, as they block roads with torched trucks

  • Residents living in fear of violent criminal gangs in south-west Mexico are taking matters into their own hands
  • 600 vigilantes seized control of town of Paracuaro in Michoacan state in bloody battle that left one dead
  • Convoy of ‘autodefensas’, or self-defence groups, drove into the town controlled by drugs gang in blacked-out SUVs
  • They took back control from the Cabelleros Templarios (Knights Templar) gang which terrorised local residents
  • Residents angry at the vigilantes recruiting young people have burnt at least three trailers to keep them out

By Harriet Arkell and Ted Thornhill

UPDATED:          09:34 EST, 10 January 2014

 

Residents of a town in western Mexico set fire to at least three trailer trucks on Thursday to protest the arrival of 600 vigilantes to their community.

The burning trucks blocked roads leading into Paracuaro in Michoacan state before federal police and soldiers removed them.

The ‘self-defense’ group arrived Saturday in pickup trucks and SUVs and set up a checkpoint at the entrance to Paracuaro, a town of artisans and lime farmers.

 

Torched: A vehicle burns at an entrance to Paracuaro, Mexico, on Thursday as part of a protest by residents at the arrival of vigilantes 

Torched: A vehicle burns at an entrance to Paracuaro, Mexico, on Thursday as part of a protest by residents at the arrival of vigilantes

The situation in Paracuaro is akin to a civil war, with drug dealers, the police, vigilantes and locals, all fighting each other 

The situation in Paracuaro is akin to a civil war, with drug dealers, the police, vigilantes and locals, all fighting each other

An armed member of a self-defense group, that formed to fight organized crime, mans a checkpoint in Paracuaro 

An armed member of a self-defense group, that formed to fight organized crime, mans a checkpoint in Paracuaro

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  1. It is about damn time that the Mexican Population take their own country back vs. running to the U.S.
    Do you remember when Arizona Governor, Jan Brewer was pushing her Immigration Law for Arizona? Obama called on Mexico’s, Calderon to the WH to speak out against her as well as putting pressure on by the UN.

    Calderon can’t even protect his own citizens because many of the police and Military are in with the Cartels.

    I am thrilled for Mexico that this is happening. Too bad that the illegals here didn’t stay there and fight for their own damn country.

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