Skip to comments.Gun-toting Mexican vigilantes parade victorious through drugs cartel's stronghold ...
Posted on 02/10/2014 8:14:20 AM PST by Uncle Chip
after seizing control in rare war on drugs triumph
Vigilantes battling the ruthless Knights Templar drug cartel in Mexico have entered a gang-held city to clear it of gunmen, a leader of the movement said.
The group has driven the quasi-religious cartel from a series of towns in the west entered the city of Apatzingan with government forces on Saturday, it was claimed.
Dozens of vigilante group members, who wore white t-shirts to identify themselves, were seen speeding into the area in the back of pickup trucks.
The city of 100,000 in Michoacan state has been under effective control of the Knights Templar cartel for several years. 'Federal forces are working with self-defense groups,' vigilante leader Hipolito Mora told a reporter by telephone from the center of Apatzingan.
'Guys from the self-defense groups are moving around the city, cooperating in certain ways with the federal government. Many, many people have been detained.'
Mora said federal police controlled security in the city and both armed and unarmed member of the 'self-defense' movement were working with them to identify Knights Templar hideouts.
He said approximately 200 gang members were arrested, including the brother of one of its leaders, Enrique 'Kiki' Plancarte. The government made no immediate comment.
The vigilantes' presence in the city is both a symbolic and tactical boost for the movement.
The control of the Knights Templar group was once so complete that it would have been unthinkable for any rival to enter Apatzingan....
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Probably too busy figuring out how they are going to replace the lost bribe income . . .
First thought when this appeared in the news was:
How many of these vigilantes were members of a rival gang?
I don’t think they have any rivals in that area but, even if they did and these vigilantes were their rivals, competition is good unless you are the monopolist.
If the government was not in league with the cartels they would not be bothering with arresting the cartel members. They should be killing them on sight. They should be using signals intelligence to locate their mansions and palaces and bomb them from the air. They should use Predator drones to blow up their cars as they travel down the highway.
Just issue arrest warrants for them - wanted dead or alive. If they fail to turn themselves in alive assume that they'd rather fight to the death.
I wonder when this idea will take hold here.