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Mexico Legalizes Vigilantes: AP Twofer

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 8:33am

Mexico Legalizes Vigilantes, Nabs Cartel Leader - Associated Press

Mexico essentially legalized the country’s growing “self-defense” groups Monday, while also announcing that security forces had captured one of the four top leaders of the Knights Templar drug cartel, which the vigilante groups have been fighting for the last year.

The government said it had reached an agreement with vigilante leaders to incorporate the armed civilian groups into old and largely forgotten quasi-military units called the Rural Defense Corps. Vigilante groups estimate their numbers at 20,000 men under arms…

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Mexican Vigilante Legalization Plan Carries Risks - Associated Press

After months of tacit cooperation with rural vigilantes trying to drive out a cult-like drug cartel, the Mexican government is seeking to permanently solve one of its toughest security problems with a plan to legalize the growing movement and bring it under the army’s control.

But the risks are high.

To succeed, the government must enforce military discipline and instill respect for human rights and due process among more than 20,000 heavily armed civilians, then eventually disband them and send them back home in the western state of Michoacan…

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Categories: Mexico - El Centro - Drug Carterls


So the AP figures the Mexican government has to instill respect for human rights and due process in the autodefensas who formed because the Mexican government didn't respect their human right to be free of narco tyranny nor could they effect any kind of due process to get the narcos, they have to do this in order to disband the autodefensas. This is going to go very smoothly.