Citizens Reclaim their Town from Corrupt Cops
Over 600 “vigilantes” in Vera Cruz, Mexico storm the town and take it back from the corruption and crime that had taken over!
After years of living in fear of violent criminal gangs in south-west Mexico have been taking matters into their own hands. The state and federal police had not protected them, so the solution was there’s to find.
Armed vigilantes known locallly as ‘autodefensas‘ (self-defence groups) seized control of their town Paracuaro in Michoacan state in bloody battle that left one dead. Up until then their town was controlled by the Cabelleros Templarios (Knights Templar) gang which terrorised local residents. The Michoacan’s forests and mountains are used by drug traffickers to grow marijuana and produce synthetic drugs.
They stormed the town and arrested the federal police. Small groups of ‘autodefensas‘ took up arms and joined forces to storm Paracuaro, headquarters of the Knights Templar gang, where they arrested police officers and seized control of the town in a blaze of gunfire.
They drove into the town in black armoured vehicles shouting ‘Don’t be frightened, we are vigilantes’, before expelling drugs traffickers, whom they accuse of kidnapping people and bribing them to make money.
Police officers, whom the vigilantes accuse of being in league with the cash-rich drug gangs, were rounded up by machine-gun toting locals, along with others suspected of associating with gang members, and a checkpoint was set up at the entrance to Paracuaro.
In neighbouring Guerrero state, vigilante group the Public Safety System marched in honour of first anniversary
Read the full article by Harriet Arkell
Caballeros Templarios is a Mexican criminal organization and an offshoot of the La Familia Michoacana drug cartel based in the Mexican state of Michoacán. Various objects seized by the police in the Mexican state of Michoacan, revealed that the mysterious ‘Knights Templar” drug cartel is more bizarre than most people imagine.
The flag of Caballeros Templarios
The Mexican order of the chapter was founded in March 2011 they claim inspiration from the medieval Crusaders who fought the Muslim army for control of Jerusalem and the Holy Grail.
Interestingly, the military order of the Knights Templar, Mexico began planning its future activities in the convent of the Franciscan fathers in Alcazar de San Juan in 2010.
For the preparation of the 2012 visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Mexico, the Caballeros Templarios ‘warned’ other gangs not to cause trouble.
One of their distributed pamphlets claims to combat poverty, tyranny and injustice, but will begin “an ideological battle that challenges us to defending values that holds a society based on ethics and built through centuries”.
More than 35,000 people have died since 2006 in the violence of drug traffickers throughout Mexico according to government figures.
“Crusaders of Meth: Mexico’s Deadly Knights Templar” borderlandbeat.com/2009/06/knights-templar-caballeros-templarios.html
“La OMECT en La Semana Santa de Alcazar” omect.blogspot.com/2010/04/la-omect-en-la-semana-santa-de-alcazar.html
“Publican los Caballeros Templarios código de conducta” http://www.cronica.com.mx/notas/2011/593279.html
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