Thursday, March 14, 2013

Knights Templar Mantas Announce a Withdrawal of Sorts in Michoacán

Borderland Beat


In several parts of Michoacán, narco banners appeared directed to the state and federal authorities, which were removed by the Army, Navy and Federal Police.
The banners were placed in Morelia, west region, the coast, Tierra Caliente and Cienega; all of them had the same message

and were placed during dusk and morning of this Wednesday.
On the banners, signed by The Knights Templar, they announce that they will withdraw to leave the safety of society in hands of the municipal, state and federal government.
 
At the same time, they demand the termination of the sham of the community police and expel from Michoacán, the scourge and abusive criminals and establish conditions so the society of Michoacán can live peacefully and can develop fully.

The message that appeared in four cardinal points of Morelia, such as exit to Salamanca, road to Patzcuaro, street to Mil Cumbres, freeway Morelia-Quiroga and exit to Charo. It also was placed in the municipalities of Zamora, Sahuayo, Zitacuaro, Uruapan and Lazaro Cardenas, among other points.
 
Text in English:

The message was written as below:
“We remind the society of Michoacán that our mission is to protect and improve the quality of life and we have always worked to achieve this purpose, we don’t want to be an excuse so that the government establishes an alliance with cartels of other states and come to trample the rights of the people of Michoacán, for that reason we decided to withdraw and not intervene in social problems and focus only in the protection of the territory of Michoacán, we want to make it clear, under any circumstance we are going to allow that scourges of other states establish in our territory. Michoacán is of the people of Michoacán and we are willing to defend it.
So as of today, we leave in hands of the municipal, state and federal government the safety of the society, all of the denounces or complains will be taken care by the competent authorities, we ask the government to exercise all the public force so there is respect and maintain a state free of robberies, kidnapping, extortions, rapes and other federal offenses and also free of scourges and abusive criminals; also establish the conditions so that the Michoacán society live peacefully and can develop fully in the social, labor, economic, educational, political and spiritual field.
If the government achieves this purpose, we will always support them, we have never been against the government, on the contrary, we have support them in the tasks and they have not been able or did not wanted to make it happen. Michoacán and its people deserve a government of quality, for that reason we demand that they do their job with capability and efficiency; hold to the law and apply it fairly for everyone.

Humbly, the templar fraternity apologizes with the Michoacán society for all the mistakes that were made and for the abuses that might generated, we never agreed with them and we punished the people responsible, we will continue protecting our state and we wish this decision will be for good, in any case we will be aware of any petition that, as society, will be made in case it is required our intervention”.

Meanwhile this video surfaced showing the damage the Templarios created after torching a gas station and  lemon packing company.  In the video people express their anger that Templarios continue to affect them personally such as the destruction resulting in an economic consequence .  This is a new video

 
the infamous plastic helmets
 

The following is the manta text in Spanish:
 

“Le recordamos a la sociedad michoacana que nuestra misión es protegerlos y mejorar su calidad de vida, y para lograr este fin hemos trabajado siempre, no queremos ser pretexto para que el gobierno establezca alianza con carteles de otros estados y vengan a pisotear los derechos de los michoacanos, por ellos hemos tomado la decisión de replegarnos y dejar de intervenir en problemas sociales y enfocarnos únicamente a la protección del territorio de Michoacán, que quede claro, bajo ninguna circunstancia vamos a permitir que vengan lacras de otros estados

a establecerse en nuestro estado, Michoacán es de los michoacanos y estamos dispuestos a defenderlos.
Así que a partir de hoy, dejamos en manos de los gobiernos municipales, estatales y federales el cuidado de la sociedad, todas las denuncias o quejas son con las autoridades competentes, al gobierno le pedimos que ejerzan toda la fuerza pública para hacer respetar y mantener un estado sin robos, secuestros, extorsiones, violaciones y de más delitos federales y delincuentes lacras y abusivos y establezcan las condiciones para que la sociedad michoacana vivan en paz y puedan desarrollarse de maneras plena en el ámbito social, laboral, económica, educativo, político y espiritual.

Si el gobierno logra este propósito nosotros los apoyamos siempre, nunca hemos estado en contra del gobierno, al contrario, lo hemos apoyado en las labores y no han podido o no han querido realizar, Michoacán y su gente merecen un gobierno de calidad, por ellos exigimos realicen su trabajo con capacidad y eficiencia y sujetasen a la ley y aplíquenla de manera justa para todos.
Con toda la humildad que se puede tener, la hermandad templarios se disculpa con la sociedad michoacana por todos los errores que se hayan cometido y por los abusos que se pudieron generar, nunca se estuvo de acuerdo con ellos y se castigó a los responsables, y seguiremos protegiendo nuestro estado y deseamos que esta decisión sea para bien, en caso contrario estaremos pendientes a cualquier petición que como sociedad se haga en caso de que se requiera nuestra intervención”, concluye”.
 
A big thank you to the reader who sent me the links to this story yesterday!
 Sources: Proceso and Narco Rojo