This contribution was made by a student whose ancestor’s cane from Mexico. Read what he says and then go to the web story below:
More than 100 men entered the town in western Michoacan state on Sunday morning and disarmed local police. There were exchanges of fire with alleged gang members before the vigilantes occupied the town. The vigilante group was set up by residents who say the army and the police have failed to protect them.
I’ve already been aware of activity from Mexican citizens, but I didn’t expect them to take it to this level. The people of Mexico have begin forming vigilante groups in order to rid their towns of the drug cartels. However, in Mexico, assault weapons in the hands of citizens is illegal. These people are breaking the law in order to protect themselves and their family. I’m not one to break laws that have been established, but I think this is a time of desperate measures. “More than 70,000 people have died in drug related violence in the past six years.” A few of them weren’t even a standard death. There have been dismembered bodies discovered on farms. Perhaps this new surge of vigilantism will make Mexico visitable again.