Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat
The Knights Templar Cartel has declared war against Miguel Angel Trevino aka “Z40” by displaying narcomantas (banners) in eight cities; Jiquilpan, Zamora, Sahuayo, Tocumbo, Tinguindin, Cuitzao, Lazaro Cardenas, and Zinapecuaro. All of the cities are in the southern region of Michoacan or border the state.
In several of these cities there have been acts of damage to vehicles, and gas creating damage to gas station. These acts are attributed to retaliation against federal operations being conducted in Michoacan.
KTs declare they are on the hunt for Trevino and have deemed him guilty of being responsible for terrorists acts committed in Mexico.
Also accuse him responsible for the killing of economic migrants as they travel through Mexico on the route to the United States.
They are asking for a coalition and support from the citizens in their search for Trevino, and claim to be working with “brothers” in the northern states.
Text in Spanish, click to enlarge:
Translated into English:
"We The Knights Templar, in defense of our Michoacan territory and in conjunction with our brothers in the northern states of, Coahuila and Nuevo Leon, declare war against Miguel Angel Trevino 'Zeta 40, a Persona Non Grata (undesirable/unacceptable) person to society, so at this time we have chosen to make him a target for our military group The Knights Templar Brotherhood, since he is the maximum orchestrator of terrorism in our country, We must draw a line and put a stop to his terrorist acts and their car bombs that have exploded without respect for innocent lives, he is even committing murders in casinos"
He is the greatest murderer of migrants, Mexicans and South Americans, he has earned the hatred and repudiation of all of us, for each and every one of his acts have affected thousands of people in Mexico and Central America, this is why we are inviting armed groups and civilians to create a union and fight until we finish them.
We are urging men and women in all states to give us information of their whereabouts.
Please send any information by any known means, we will take care of the rest.
ATTE: The Guard Michoacana"
Knights Templar, known in Spanish as Caballeros Templarios, is a splinter group of LFM, La Familia Michoacana . KTs are somewhat like a secret society, with initiation rituals which includes dressing in the type of clothing that represents the middle ages and blood pact rituals.
Their mission is based on a strong religious component with a code of conduct that forbids the use of drugs. Yet they somehow reconcile that with the fact they operate are one of the largest meth trafficking routes into the United States.
Their mission claims to be in a fight against such struggles as injustice, crimes against honest citizens, and poverty. Incredible, since they are perpetrators of crimes that include those against honest, hardworking members of society.
This year authorities seized a bizarre assortment items used for rites of passage of members and other ceremonies that included the plastic helmets depicted in the photo below.
In June of last year a video was released that began with footage of a night market areas with stalls open and customers walking about, when an extraordinarily large convoy appeared. In an apparent show of force,50 trucks passed by the stunned people, it was members of the KT wearing masks and openly displaying their weapons. The video is below:
Sources used to write this post: Proceso-Grados-Notimex
Thank you to Milo of BB forum for the video find of the mantas story