In Mexico, self-defense squads battle violence

Mexico has been facing a large up rising in drug gangs and not enough rising from the government, who is suppose to protect it’s citizens but fails to do so. Multiple areas throughout Mexico have called for the Mexican Army for support during massacres, but the army┬ádisregarded┬áthe requests. Slowly, the “Mexican Army is trying to wind down it’s few remaining units.” In response to the lack of protection from the government, people from local communities have taken the responsibility into their own hands, and have banned together to protect their people from the violent gangs. These individuals, clad in masks, and old rifles, create checkpoints to check the identification of those driving by, and comparing them to hand written lists of the names of known gang members. The vigilantes imprison those they feel are a danger to their communities. As Lorena Morales Castro puts it, “In less than a month, they have done something that the army and state and federal police haven’t been able to do in years, they are our anonymous heroes.”
Although we have not begun to go over the Mexican government, this article shows how the current government runs when it comes to the security of it’s country and it’s people. When the time comes in our class discussions where we begin to go over the different types of governments and securities, we can use this article to compare how the Mexican government is run compared to the other Latin American countries.

Article found on Yahoo! News.
“In Mexico, self-defense squads battle violence,” written by Mark Stevenson
Monday, January 21st, 2013.

http://news.yahoo.com/mexico-self-defense-squads-battle-violence-082925460.html;_ylt=AsUy3GlDpsb9JPZSNLDcBNK8aw8F;_ylu=X3oDMTRia3NlYmF0BG1pdANUb3BTdG9yeSAgV29ybGRTRiBMYXRpbkFtZXJpY2FTU0YEcGtnAzIyM2NhYjE1LTNmNWEtMzRlMC1hZTEwLTAzOGVmNTgwNmQ3ZQRwb3MDMQRzZWMDdG9wX3N0b3J5BHZlcgNjNjRmYTE3MC02M2E0LTExZTItYmQ2Ny1kYjFkNGZiZTk1MGQ-;_ylg=X3oDMTIwcDJlNnBhBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdAN3b3JsZHxsYXRpbmFtZXJpY2EEcHQDc2VjdGlvbnM-;_ylv=3

K. Bowling

1 Response to “In Mexico, self-defense squads battle violence”


  • This article put in to perspective how effective Mexico’s police forces are when dealing with drug gangs. It is sad to think that these “anonymous heros” are the ones saving so many lives while being an “unauthorized group”. When it does come time to discuss protection, security, and the government of these states of Mexico in class, it will be interesting to see how truly different these are from the ways we are used to being protected in North America. People are accepting and open to individuals or groups that they think will help protect them.

    Katie Maksanty

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/01/21/3192629/in-mexico-self-defense-squads.html

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