Chivis Martínez for Borderland Beat
|Dr. Mireles in Nueva Italia|
In both Tocumbo (below forming barricade) and Cotija (above) autodefensas arrived in the company of agents of the State Preventive Police, and set up barricades in the road access to the county. Alberto Mendoza Contreras, Cotija municipal mayor confirmed the arrival of autodefensas.
Leaders of the self-defense of Michoacán along with the federal government agreed to "clean" their ranks from infiltrators. Spokesmen for the community guards, Dr Manuel Mireles, Estanislao Beltran and Hipólito Mora met with Commissioner of Security, Alfredo Castillo and negotiated help in expelling those who are posing as autodefensas but are in reality criminals or having a criminal past, in order to maintain the moral authority of the group.
Other highlights of the meeting:
Padre Goyo (above in Apatzingán)
Padre Goyo announced on Wednesday he was taking a break and leaving to France for a couple of months. Stating he was "Too tired, too angry, it is time to pause", was subsequent to the attempted ouster of the mayor of Apatzingán, Uriel Chavez Mendoza, the nephew of "EL Chayo", premier leader of Caballeros Templarios.
After Padre Goyo accused Chavez of being complicit in the disappearance of 300 Apatzingán residents, Chavez shot back accusing Padre Goyo of being a"viejo liar", a pedophile and a drug trafficker.
The much respected and loved priest, was enraged and filed a slander lawsuit.
I asked about Goyo and was told he remains in Apatzingán at this time.
Federal Police and AD working together..for now
Autodefensas and federal police, working together continue making strides against organized crime. As they work together in the sierras, they are executing important arrests on the plaza level.