Monday, December 24, 2012

Knights Templar Welcome Mexico's New President

Borderland Beat

Certainly one of Mexico's most communicative organized crime groups, Los Caballeros Templarios (Knights of Templar), have become well known for distributing their word through narcomantas. These messages often accompanying dead bodies of rivals are most typically directed towards rival groups, but also to the bemused civilians of their home state of Michoacan. Though many messages have  appeared  hanging from pedestrian bridges in neighboring states of Jalisco where they continue to fight Los Zetas, and Guanajuato, Guerrero, Queretaro and Mexico too. As always, depending on the situation, messages are left to inform, denounce, clarify, deceive, confuse, implicate rival criminals, corrupt politicians and merely to ask for support from communities. 

This past year, among the narcomensajes from Knights of Templar, was the notable series which cropped up in municipalities of Guanajuato and Queretaro calling for a truce in Guanajuato in order to properly and peacefully welcome the Pope to Leon in March. April brought unusual messages claiming the group's responsibility for the apparent reduction in food prices. Summer found typically confounding mantas with dead bodies left for Los Zetas. Narcomantas confirmed El  Taliban was with CDG. Knights of Templar repeatedly asked for help ridding Mexico of Los Zetas in October while declaring 'Lazca is dead', and calling on citizens to denounce and eliminate Z-40. They declared Z-40 "Most Wanted, One message even declared they knew where Z-40 was. In late October/ early November they were expressing 'solidarity' with civilians of Guerrero assuring them the threats again were not against them as citizens, but rather against members of Los Zetas cartel, who they repeatedly referred to as "cancer."  Before the departure of President Calderon from office, memorable narcomantas were hung  bidding him farewell and wishing him well, followed by one soon after revealing their agreement with PRI,.  These are, of course, just some of them. Most recently, a few days ago, the Knights of Templar hung narcomantas welcoming Mexico's new president. They've been busy fighting and killing police yesterday  in Michoacan and Jalisco.
A series of banners signed in the name of the Knights Templar gang were hung in west Mexico, welcoming President Enrique Peña Nieto to office and declaring that the group will lay down arms if he complies with its demands.

The banners, known as "narcomantas," were discovered early on December 19 in the Knights Templar (Caballeros Templarios) stronghold of Michoacan state and neighboring Guanajuato. They began by giving Peña Nieto the "warmest welcome," offering to work in support of the government in its efforts to rid Mexico of the problems left by the previous president, Felipe Calderon, reported Quadratin.

The message continues: "If you (Peña Nieto) do what you promised during your tour of the country, we will give up our weapons and leave [Mexico's] security in your hands," warning that if this is not done, they will continue to "protect" their land, reported Tiempo.

The content of the message are not out of the ordinary for propaganda enthusiasts the Knights Templar. Before Calderon left office on December 1, there were similarly conciliatory message from the group bidding him farewell and wishing him the best for the future.
The offer of laying down arms is not to be taken seriously. The Knights Templar tries to portray itself as a defender of the people, working to rid Michocan of the "scourge" of other cartels, but it is engaged in an array of crimes from drug trafficking and extortion to homicide. Regardless of whether Peña Nieto follows through on the promises alluded to in the message, the gang is very unlikely to abandon its profitable criminal enterprise so willingly.

What's more, Peña Nieto's recently announced security strategy is unlikely to change much in the way the government goes about tackling crime in the country, appearing to be more or less a continuation of Calderon's policies.

The banners should be seen, therefore, as little more than an attempt to distract attention from Knights Templar criminal operations and gain public support.

Source: InsightcrimeMilenio

37 comments:

  1. What a bunch of wackos, I mean seriously. Poor Mexico. May next year be better. This one had less casualties than the last three. Step in the right direction, right?

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  2. These people need to give up crime and take up poetry and literature. Hey Chivis - maybe you should ask some of the to write for BB. Hahaha!

    Merry Christmas to everyone who reads and comments here ... no matter where you are from. A special wish of joy to Chivis who is fighting her own personal struggle - God be with you!!

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    1. 8:26 am. Amen about Chivas and BB. P.S. Aren't these the same nut jobs who wear the funny hats??? If they weren't drug dealing crazies...it might be funny. Unfortunately, they are and that means one thing, death to them all. On a lighter note, safe holidays to all and GOD BLESS. Texas Grandma.

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  3. Merry Chritsmas de parte del Senor Tuta

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    1. Feliz Navidad Maestro

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    2. Prospero año nuevo señor

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  4. Just about every time I read something by them, i walk away shaking my head, thinking they are just really out of their minds. That is a lot of shaking and wondering for a year. Thanks for the greatest hits of 2012.

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  5. Wow these guys are really sweet why do people bad mouth them so much? .... oh Yeah all the murders and violence

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  6. This is one of the problems that becomes apparent.
    Mexico is like a disparate group of cities who have enmity to each other.Who are they(CT)to say"we will protect our land"they are all Mexican people. Granted every country has its cities with its own identities and even custom,but sometimes it gets taken to far.
    What they are saying makes it seem as though it is the rest of Mexico against Michoacan,and they seem not to be the only ones with this sentiment?

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  7. CAballeros templarios son malos y hiproquitas!

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  8. Nice! I was bewilderd for an hour like I always am with these weirdos. I see I am not the only one. Havana, the one about them being responsible for lowering food prices was funny as hell. You really can't let your hair down anymore, can u? We love you in the forum. You can be you-all you want! Anyway, i'll say it, even if no one else will, thank you Chivis

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  9. I cant stand michoacanos ,they try so hard to get attention ,they want to be like Sinaloa

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  10. Y El Soldado? Todavia con nosotros y que dice hoy?

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  11. Good post! I do see now that they are rather deluded unless this is Caballeros schtict- a theatric, violent play to them.

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  12. KT winning over people of MX
    Good Read ,,,thanks for tthe Post
    Feliz Navidad BB Havana ,Chivis
    Texas,,,,

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    1. 3:34 KT winning? Hardly and absolutely not! But Feliz Navidad a usted

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  13. Es importante que digamos Feliz Navidad a El Soldado

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  14. 4:10 PM - You cracked or just doing crack? "They're Winning over the hearts of the people of Mexico?" NO WAY! They are hypocrits but some will act like hypocrits not to be killed. I might too and so might you as well - that does not count. People know they are evil and crazed to boot. Merry Christmas Havana and Chivis.

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    1. Are you going to War with Z??
      So focus on wat you know ,,Computers and keyboards!

      TEJAS,,,

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  15. This interested me for hours. Usually i don't have the attention span or the time to read all the links. I took the time and it was sick to see such craziness displayed with these mantas for all the world to see. Sort of fascinating.

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  16. Caballeros have spent too much time in the woods with their plastic helmets and swords around a campfire strategizing war while getting drunk. Pathetic poseurs!

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  17. These guys are so full of shit.

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  18. If you guys really knew how these guys got their terretory on lock you wouldnt comment on them. Those guys cook the most ice from any cartel and they are fobiden to use or do retail sales in Michoacan. If they find out they will wanrn you then if you still keep it up your fucked. I dont condone shit these guys do. They all do fucked up shit

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  19. I love it how you Guys talk so much shit but if you Look closely they are the most hated by zetas wonder why? Because they are effective, I guess those "plastic helmets" do Stop bullets and their knight swords really do decapitate zetas.

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  20. CDG and CDS are the nost hated by zetas.

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  21. 1217 jajaja no mames.. comparing ct to z's are we? Jajajajajaja.. ni que fueran lo que era la familia wey..

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  22. It's easy for all you to make such statements online. I was recently in yurecuaro Michoacan. It sits on the borders of michoacan and jalisco La Rivera on the jalisco side. A towns man told me how they are prohibited to engage in the use or be in possesion of methamphetamine and don't want the drug in it's established territories. He went on to say how they the CT were at war against los rataZ & neighboring jalisco cjng.
    The day I arrived narco mantas have been hung up in the plaza. "The 1 wishing Calderon a farewell"
    It some what reminded me of being in san quentin .... you could feel the tension in the air. Anyways, The towns man went on and said it wasn't safe to jump into a random taxi or to be out once the sun went down. Sure enough around 7pm the streets were vacant. The next day he came over in a taxi for us and asked if I wished to go anywhere , I chose la piedad. 45 min drive from yurecuaro "lovely and advanced city".
    Next morning , dead body found infront of church.
    That morning the towns man said how some of those killings are justice that the police and government don't do. Thiefs, rapist, or methamphetamine pedalers. After having a delicious plate of menudo I figured I should take my as back into GUADALAJARA & have some comfortable fun.
    But it's you lames that get a kick out of this stuff so it's you guys that are the weirdos. Those poor people don't have much of an option.
    It's either wear the plastic helmet or catch a hot 1.
    Your pick

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  23. CT were the ones that started the beheadings !!! Uraupan 2005 5 severed heads tossed on a dance floor..

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  24. KT is the best thing going on for Mexico right now.. what a bunch of good guys.. son heroes estos senores.. NOOOOOT!!!! There hypocrites and liars.. they kill and murder as much people as the zetas... Hope Pena Nieto takes out the trash this coming president term...

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  25. "But it's you lames that get a kick out of this stuff so it's you guys that are the weirdos. Those poor people don't have much of an option"
    Why are you here then posting and talkin greasy?
    It is what it is,is it everyone else,s fault?

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  26. 12.56 am i agree with you i am from a city next to Guadalajara and here people know who runs it thats why it is still fairly calm. would go to michoacan vsit other family and i ask them about CT and they dont speak bad of them they trust them more then the FP. and for all you people like 340am talk so bad and never even been in mexico , not all are bad people stop researching and trying to "make a change" thru keybords. well see if this gets approved want opinions ah.

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  27. YES Pena nieto will take out the trash with his friends LOS ZETAS,trash like CDS and CDG and new generation and keep the CT clowns for the circus.

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  28. @3:40 Wrong dude,it was Cartel Sinaloa...they were first to do beheadings many many moons before the CT clowns came to town...do some research my friend.

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  29. ...i can see why gente de michoacan feel los CT are "good" or whatever the case may be, but its obvious the natives feel like that because of the Z and CDS, CDG, etc. are going around causing desmadre so the one cartel that is promoting "peace" through out the land is going to be liked by the people. If all fucking cartels were to be extinguished in mexico than CT would look just as demonic and cracked out like the Z and CDS and CDG currently look to everyone here...

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  30. CT were part of LFM until 2010, so they weren't the earliest doing beheadings for that simple reason-CDS-Beltran/CDG before Zeta military trained sicario wing defected were the earliest.

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  31. puppet slaves to desire still fighting. Pain and suffering is revolting not revolutionary. Violent cycles driven by death and desire can not heal regardless of uniform or words hung on banners . Non violent non co-operation confounds oppression and strenghthens liberation. Buena Suerte. Es ahorra a salir la carreterra de sangre.

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