Wednesday, November 10, 2010
'La Familia Michoacana' Retreats, Offers to Disband
In a recently released public communication, the Michoacan Family cartel says it will retreat and even disband, with the condition that both the Federal Government, and State and Federal Police commit to safeguarding the security of the state of Michoacán.
The proposal, which was originally printed in the form of flyers and left under the doors of both homes and businesses, was later authenticated by authorities who had found the same communication had been posted on telephone booths, hung as banners, and sent to countless blogs, radio stations, newspapers and national and international news agencies.
To the General Michaocan Society:
LA FAMILIA MICHOACANA, emerged in 2005, because of the government's failure to provide security for our citizens. It is composed of Michoacan men and woman willing to give their life to defend their State. It consists of human beings, who through courage and determination have driven off the external groups who have used violence and terror to take control of both our State and country. We are men and woman who are determined to have a better MICHOACAN; Unlike the lax and inefficient stance the authorities have taken in eradicating thieves, rapists, drug traffickers, and kidnappers from our State, we are willing to fight.
Sadly, the federal government has continued to expose it's inabilities and commenced a type of witch hunt against the innocent citizens of Michoacan. Using the excuse of trying to do away with our organization, they have committed countless assaults against our civil society. They have broken into and looted homes, they have murder and raped both men and woman and have invented testimonies of alleged protected witnesses that have caused our prisons to become filled with innocent people charged with crimes which were never committed.
Our own personal reflections of what has happened have derived from these atrocities against the innocent people of Michoacan. We have been left wondering if: THE MICHOACAN FAMILY SHOULD OR SHOULDN'T CONTINUE TO EXIST, IF WE SHOULD OR SHOULD NOT, REGARDLESS OF THE VIOLATIONS BEING COMMITTED BY AUTHORITIES AGAINST OUR CIVIL SOCIETY, CONTINUE GUARANTEEING THE SECURITY OF OUR STATE. This organization does not want to be the pretext for the authorities to continue walking over and degrading the basic human rights of our fellow people.
For those reasons and with the uncertainty of once again leaving the security of our State in the hands of authorities, WE HAVE DECIDED TO RETREAT and reintegrate ourselves into productive activities.
If the government accepts this public commitment and meets these terms, if they are willing to use strength and conviction to take control of this state and honestly serve the people, if they safeguard, without fear, the security of the Michoacan people, from those attempting to take over and destabilize our beautiful State, in essence if they are willing to die in the line of fire to protect Michoacan, THE FAMILIA MICHOCANA WILL DISBAND, leaving no further reason for the federal government to abuse the human rights of our people.
Finally, we want to remind society that we DO NOT KILL INNOCENTS and our commitment to them is and will continue to be their wellbeing. IF FOUND NECESSARY, WE WILL CONTINUE THIS FIGHT. With that in mind, we ask of you to assess whether you think we should continue or disband. We invite you to let us know your decision via any major media outlet (internet, social websites, radio, television, newspaper, etc) because for us, your opinions are important.
"Better to die standing with your head held high, than TO LIVE A LIFETIME ON YOUR KNEES and humiliated"
Michoacan, November 2010