Skip to comments.Mexico's Masked Vigilantes Defy Drug Gangs—And the Law
Posted on 02/02/2013 8:32:43 AM PST by yoe
AYUTLA, MexicoMasked men, rifles slung over their shoulders, stand guard on a lonely rural road, checking IDs and questioning travelers. They wear no uniforms, flash no badges, but they are the law here now.
A dozen villages in the area have risen up in armed revolt against local drug traffickers that have terrorized the region and a government that residents say is incapable of protecting them from organized crime.
[snip]When a village commissioner named Eusebio García was captured on Jan. 5, several dozen villagers from Rancho Nuevo grabbed weapons and formed a search party. The next morning, they found Mr. García in a nearby house with his kidnappers, who were arrested and jailed, say the militiamen.
"This was the turning point, the moment everything exploded here," says Bruno Placido, one of the leaders of the armed groups. "We had shown the power armed people have over organized-crime groups."
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I have seen a couple of videos of these mexican vigilantes. In one, they have a criminal captive tied to a chair, stripped of clothing except for his underwear and what seems to be a dog collar on his neck, and all over his body they had written all sorts of things. They questioned him in which he admitted to killings, other crimes, and such. After his confession, one vigilante came up from behind him, placed a stick inside the metal rings on the collar and began to twist. The dog collar tightened until the guys eyes began to bulge out of his eye sockets and his toungue was bulging out of his mouth. Then the video jump cutted to a split second image of the guys now headless body still strapped to the chair. Brutal.
This way is a lot easier than doing all that typing each time the 'Badges' pic is pertinent for a thread
Columbia’s long standing drug gang problem was rapidly and finally solved when the cops themselves became the vigilantes and fought fire with fire. Within two years their drug problem was gone and Mexico picked up their business.
LOL! Typing too fast, not enough coffee, just plain stupid, etc, etc, etc . . . . .
I would be a little leery of any WSJ article regarding Mexico....they are very pro-Illegal/anti-American and may be slanting articles like this to push again Illegal Alien Amnesty
Can’t speak as to police, but liberals hate vigilantes more than anything... because it’s PROOF that government has failed.
“So where do they get their guns? How is it they have rifles?”
A great many of the phony “90%” figure of guns traced back to the United states are guns for these type of people. Jose or Miguel in Los Estados Unidos picks up a Remington, or Marlin, or Winchester, dismantles it, and smuggles it back to Mexico to Tio Juan or Hermano Carlos, for use back on the farm or village.
A “Friends and Family” plan, so they won’t be defenseless?
Actually, that makes sense.
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