January 13, 2014
Shortly before midnight the AUC of Michoacán accepted the request made by the federal government and the state to return to their home communities, according to a video message from José Manuel Mireles, one of the leaders of the autodefensas group.
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After months of huge gains against organized crime, a division is apparent with the autodefensas, with some worried that the deployment of forces is a tactic by the Michoacán government to quell their gains. Autodefensas/Citizens do not trust the state government.
Today, the chairman of PAN party asked for a clarification that it was organized crime that is being targeted and not autodefensas.
Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, interior secretary formally requested the self defense to lay down their arms and return to their communes of origin, through a press release, the United Self-Governing Michoacán said “We will not lay down our arms.”
Fearing the loss of gains, the statement released by the Facebook page Valor por Michoacán, said: “The self-defense struggle will continue until we see leaders of criminals behind bars, we want the leaders of organized crime apprehended and then we’ll sit talk to the government. ”
Until this happens, “and do not see results by the government, will continue to help the people free themselves from criminals,” self-defense groups now control security in over 14 towns and 67 villages in Michoacán.
Also the group criticized the lack of results from the government security strategy that has failed apprehension of the leaders of organized crime in the state and emphasized that they rose up in arms against drug trafficking, because the government failed to do their job.
“we are not just a group of people with guns, we are people, we are the UNITED COUNCIL OF MICHOACAN AUTO-DEFENSE, formed by entrepreneurs, farmers, mayors, aldermen, gardeners, lemon growers, students, parents etc. … We are united people and we all partake. ”
This Monday in the presence of the National Security Cabinet, headed by the interior minister, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong and Governor of Michoacán, Fausto Vallejo Figueroa, an agreement was signed for additional support from the Feds.
This week has brought horrific destruction and disruption throughout areas in the Tierra Caliente region of Michoacán, where there have been roadblocks and burning vehicles, businesses and even a city hall in Apatzingán.
Through the destruction and outbursts, autodefensas managed to liberate 4 additional municipalities, with largely without loss of life of citizens. (fotos: “Hercules” arrives with forces, PGR helicopters arrive in Morelia
Sources: Milenio, LaVoz, PorMichoacanSDRFacebook