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Mexico legalizes vigilantes, nabs cartel leader
chron.com ^ | 1-27-14 | E. EDUARDO CASTILLO and MARK STEVENSON

Posted on 01/27/2014 6:32:25 PM PST by smokingfrog

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico essentially legalized the country's growing "self-defense" groups Monday, while also announcing that security forces had captured one of the four top leaders of the Knights Templar drug cartel, which the vigilante groups have been fighting for the last year.

The government said it had reached an agreement with vigilante leaders to incorporate the armed civilian groups into old and largely forgotten quasi-military units called the Rural Defense Corps. Vigilante groups estimate their numbers at 20,000 men under arms.

The twin announcements may help the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto find a way out of an embarrassing situation in the western state of Michoacan, where vigilantes began rising up last February against the Knights Templar reign of terror and extortion after police and troops failed to stop the abuses.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Mexico; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; mexico; streetjustice
The govt. wants the vigilantes to register their weapons.
1 posted on 01/27/2014 6:32:25 PM PST by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

Hmmmmm....the “good news” along with the “bad news”.

Don’t trust the Pendejos, Pedro!


2 posted on 01/27/2014 6:35:15 PM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: smokingfrog

Well better that kind of militia than none.

Still, what they need even more than guns, is gospel. Mexican churches need to get serious about the Lord again. An artifact, a ceremony, a symbol, cannot bestow the blessings of Christ as much as plain constant devotion to Him can. Then people will see that it is wicked to hustle drugs onto the streets to feed escapism, and refuse to lend their hands to that any more. (This is not to blame the drugs, but to blame their misuse.)


3 posted on 01/27/2014 6:41:12 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar for you if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: Howie66

May God watch over these men.


4 posted on 01/27/2014 6:43:44 PM PST by Antihero101607
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To: Antihero101607

Amen to that!

We may need to emulate them here before Obama is gone.


5 posted on 01/27/2014 6:48:16 PM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: smokingfrog

maybe somebody dowb there...read Edmund Burke?

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

the “inner cities” here in the USA could use some vigilantes


6 posted on 01/27/2014 6:49:57 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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To: smokingfrog

The Mexican government essentially BANS all firearms from civilians.

How can they endorse vigilantes with guns?


7 posted on 01/27/2014 6:58:13 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: MeshugeMikey

tagline


8 posted on 01/27/2014 6:58:31 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: smokingfrog

The govt should either deport or execute this guy immediately so he can’t be used as a bargaining chip.


9 posted on 01/27/2014 7:01:32 PM PST by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: smokingfrog

I think this was a good move on the part of the Mexican government. Better to legalize them and let them fight the cartels than to fight them and the cartels.


10 posted on 01/27/2014 7:06:27 PM PST by zot
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To: zot

The vigilantes were making the cops look bad.


11 posted on 01/27/2014 7:08:07 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

It was legalize them or try to disarm them and start a revolution.


12 posted on 01/27/2014 7:08:14 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: 2banana

“The Mexican government essentially BANS all firearms from civilians.
How can they endorse vigilantes with guns?”

They have no choice, and I just imagine that all the “white” Hispanics in Mexico City are quietly crapping their pants that it doesn’t spread, because if it does, the “central government” will be gone.


13 posted on 01/27/2014 8:05:44 PM PST by vette6387
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To: 2banana

>> How can they endorse vigilantes with guns?

How could it not? They’re vigilantes!


14 posted on 01/27/2014 8:07:34 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: smokingfrog
The vigilantes were making the cops look bad.

That, too. And for sure, the vigilantes are a lot more motivated than the cops.

15 posted on 01/27/2014 8:27:37 PM PST by zot
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To: vette6387
You Said: They have no choice

Beat me to it! They're vigilantes with guns. No permission required (or asked for).
16 posted on 01/27/2014 10:35:21 PM PST by CowboyJay (Cruz'-ing in 2016!)
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To: CowboyJay

“Beat me to it! They’re vigilantes with guns. No permission required (or asked for).”

I hope that the trend spreads, because it’s really the only way that Mexico can reconstitute itself. Face it, they are coming here in droves for two reasons: 1) They want to escape the violence and 2) Then need a job. If there were no violence, there’s a good chance that there would be jobs, but it isn’t a problem we (or their government for that matter) can solve.
Sadly, we may well be next.


17 posted on 01/27/2014 11:59:07 PM PST by vette6387
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To: smokingfrog
The vigilantes were making the cops look bad.

The reason for the vigilantes is that the cops were bad. They were part of the cartels.

18 posted on 01/28/2014 12:13:30 AM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: 2banana
How can they endorse vigilantes with guns?

Because the vigilantes can take them or their families out at a whim.

19 posted on 01/28/2014 3:57:58 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: smokingfrog
Mexico's government is ‘legalizing’ a rebellion which very possibly could have replaced it with honest men.

Kind of the same thing happened here in the States, when the Tea Party became a national movement, only to be displaced by the Republican Party's pirating of their platform.

20 posted on 01/28/2014 7:55:04 AM PST by exodus
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To: vette6387
"If there were no violence, there’s a good chance that there would be jobs, but it isn’t a problem we (or their government for that matter) can solve."

Last I checked, Mexico had a lower unemployment rate than we do. Jobs isn't their problem, their crappy gov't is. If we sealed up the border and armed them, the Mexican people would fix that problem on their own in pretty short order.
21 posted on 01/28/2014 10:18:44 AM PST by CowboyJay (Cruz'-ing in 2016!)
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“If we sealed up the border and armed them, the Mexican people would fix that problem on their own in pretty short order.”

I’d sure like to see it. It would work to the benefit of both countries. As it stands, both countries have “foreign” leaders, we have a Kenyan Arab Mooslim and they have a bunch of “White” Spaniards.


22 posted on 01/28/2014 6:06:57 PM PST by vette6387
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