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Mexican vigilante gunmen disarm local POLICE so they can rid town of feared Knights Templar drug cartel

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6 January 2014    

  • Residents  living in fear of violent criminal gangs in south-west Mexico are taking matters into their own  hands
  • Yesterday  600 vigilantes seized control of town of Paracuaro in Michoacan state in bloody  battle that left one dead
  • Convoy of  ‘autodefensas’, or self-defence groups, drove into the town controlled by drugs  gang in blacked-out SUVs
  • They took  back control from the Cabelleros Templarios (Knights Templar) gang which  terrorised local residents
  • In  neighbouring Guerrero state, vigilante group the Public Safety System marched in  honour of first anniversary

 

Hundreds of armed vigilantes stormed a  Mexican town and arrested federal police in the latest bloody battle between  residents, criminal gangs, and the police locals say are in league with the gang  members.

Around 600 members of local ‘autodefensas’,  or self-defence groups, stormed Paracuaro in the troubled Michoacan state  yesterday in an attempt to seize control of the town back from the feared  Caballeros Templarios (Knights Templar) drug cartel.

The battle was the latest in a long-running  war between the drugs gang in Mexico’s  south-west and local residents who say state and federal police are not  protecting them.

Detained: Local vigilantes arrested police in Paracuaro in south-west Mexico yesterday as they seized back control of the town from the Knights Templar drugs gangDetained: Local vigilantes arrested police in Paracuaro  in south-west Mexico yesterday as they seized back control of the town from the  Knights Templar drugs gang

A member of the community police poses for a picture after a bloody battle for control of the Mexican town of ParacuaroLocal vigilantes took up arms to seize back control of Paracuaro from criminal gang members

Taking matters into their own hands: Hundreds of  residents joined forces to storm Paracuaro, headquarters of the Caballeros  Templarios gang, yesterday

Burnt out: Traffic on the highway outside Paracuaro came to a standstill yesterday after a bus was set alight, allegedly by gang membersBurnt out: Traffic on the highway outside Paracuaro came  to a standstill yesterday after a bus was set alight, allegedly by gang  members

Police officers are forced to surrender their weapons to armed vigilantes in Paracuaro yesterday after the group seized controlPolice officers are forced to surrender their weapons to  armed vigilantes in Paracuaro yesterday after the group seized control

 

Members of Guerrero state's Public Safety System marched yesterday in honour of their first anniversary - their region is a centre for drugs productionMembers of Guerrero state’s Public Safety System marched  yesterday in honour of their first anniversary – their region is a centre for  drugs production

 

 

Small groups of local vigilantes 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.  Several gun battles were reported, leaving at least one  dead.

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.

On the highway leading to Paracuaro, traffic  was stopped after a bus was set ablaze, allegedly by gang members.

Michoacan has been rocked by repeated  explosions of civil unrest since February last year, as vigilante groups have  sprung up in communities where people say they are not being protected from  drugs trafficking gangs.

Over in the neighbouring state of Guerrero,  which produces half of Mexico’s heroin and is riddled with drugs gangs, members  of the Public Safety System, or the Guerrero community police, marched yesterday  to commemorate the first anniversary of their foundation in Ayutla de los  Libres.

Local vigilantes armed themselves to take control of Paracuaro back - they accuse police of being in league with the gangs and say they have to protect themselvesLocal vigilantes armed themselves to take control of  Paracuaro back – they accuse police of being in league with the gangs and say  they have to protect themselves

 

In neighbouring Guerrero state yesterday, members of the Public Safety System (a community police organisation) marched in honour of their first anniversaryIn neighbouring Guerrero state yesterday, members of the  Public Safety System (a community police organisation) marched in honour of  their first anniversary

 

Bloody battle for control: A vigilante aims his weapon after storming into Paracuaro yesterday - one man was reported dead in the gun battles that ensuedBloody battle for control: A vigilante aims his weapon  after storming into Paracuaro yesterday – one man was reported dead in the gun  battles that ensued

Smash: This plane crashed in western Mexico yesterday, killing one man and injuring four others including vigilante group leader, Dr Jose Manuel MirelesSmash: This plane crashed in western Mexico yesterday,  killing one man and injuring four others including vigilante group leader, Dr  Jose Manuel Mireles

 

 

Insecurity dominates the lives of millions of  Mexicans, for whom taking the law into their own hands has become the only  option.  Drugs cartels make millions of dollars producing and selling  drugs, so the land where they produce opium poppies and marijuana is highly  prized and often fought over.

Meanwhile yesterday an outspoken doctor who  leads a vigilante group was injured when his plane crashed in western Mexico,  killing one man.

Dr Jose Manuel Mireles suffered a dislocated  jaw and head injuries after his plane crashed near the town of La Huacana  yesterday.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2534496/Mexican-vigilante-gunmen-disarm-local-POLICE-rid-town-feared-Knights-Templar-drug-cartel.html

 

 

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