Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

La Ruana, Village Besieged by Narcos (Michoacan)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 |


This town is under siege. It is in war. In some of faces of the people one can see courage, but in others fear. Some people try to get on with their lives, while some others chose to carry weapons and do not trust anything or anyone that doesn't seem normal ...

In this town population of 10,000, the town of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, better known as La Ruana, and located in the Tierra Caliente of Michoacán, there has been no gas for almost two weeks. The tank trucks do not enter the area to supply the gas stations in this town near Apatzingán which is in the municipality of Buenavista Tomatlán.

The drivers of the trucks are threatened. If they chose to come anyways to bring the fuel, criminal groups set their trucks on fire or are executed. That is what they have been warned. Pemex stations are empty, with padlocks on pumps and with yellow tape that isolate them as if it was a crime scene.

There is no food or gas: 8 out of 10 shops are closed for business. The streets are half-empty. The grocers, market merchants cannot buy food in the center of the state.

Everyone that leaves here or arrives at the center of the capital Calentana has to present their credentials to IFE in check points at the entrances to the city. If they are found to have food for commercial sale, it is confiscated. Merchants opt to wait out in Colima and Jalisco, to avoid having their products confiscated.

But here gasoline, food and other basic cleaning materials are not the only commodities that are lacking; there is also a shortage of medicines. In fact, most of the doctors have fled the town; social programs such as "Oportunidades" have stopped operating for at least one month, according to the villagers.

Even the local priest took off.

At the sound of a blast from rockets to give a signal, the people come out to protest. Hundreds of people surround the cameraman, photographer and reporter for Milenio. One by one they want to talk, they want to stand in front of the camera, some with their faces covered while others are uncovered.

"We are fighting so they let us work but they will not let us work. We are starving. There are no doctors, no money, no gas, no work, and no food. There is nothing here. So how are we going to live? What we are doing is not war, we're just struggling to be free. I lost my husband and I have two children, and all they have is me. And I'm also going to die?" says a woman in anguish cloaked with a shirt.

"Now they have us threatened for Mother's Day, they say they have a gift for all the mothers on May 10, that that they are going to kill us like dogs. And the government,  what is it doing? The government does nothing," says another woman.

"We are already tired of this government that does nothing and the television broadcasters come to do interview after interview but still nothing happens. We do not receive any help from anyone. The only help we receive is from God and the government, where? Nothing. Reporters after reporters but we still do not get any help. We are now very angry," says the first woman.

Dozens of other citizens and dozens of men, applaud.

An old man asks for the microphone of Milenio:

"Our children have done nothing, our women have done nothing, our elders have done nothing. What are the farmers going to do? What are we going to do without fuel? With food, we get by as best we can, but with no fuel and no work," he says.

"The doctors have just left, they also took the priest. They're leaving with all the people, with everything, with everything," complains a young woman that does not have her face covered.

First they formed a so-called community policing (policía comunitaria), but 34 of the members were arrested with long guns two months ago and are still prisoners. Then came the paramilitaries (autodefensas).

We'll see what happens next. Another confrontation, surely. What is happening in La Ruana? That, which is shown by these armed people and evidence of battles, burned cars, luxury SUV's with crosses, symbol of the Templars, shot up and burned by the side of a road, the sides riddled with bullet holes. The town is under siege. It is in war. That's what happens. There is a war between the vigilante groups and The Knights Templar.

When did this start? Many people in this town use to be busy harvesting lemons, cooking. That is, now we have the synthetic drugs in laboratories, until of course they started fighting among each other. The villagers say they are just farmers defending themselves, but the Templars are accusing them of receiving support from the Cartel New Generation Jalisco (cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación), which might have used that excuse to enter the area.

In any case, the result is visible: more than 20 killed in the last two weeks from executions and two clashes. The last one occurred last Sunday when an Army battalion prevented a real slaughter. So lies La Ruana: a besieged town, waiting ... for what happens. What happens in plain view of state and federal authorities that do what they do on this day; check points that see them go and come from the town...

Source: Milenio





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61 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

Animo primos. Arriba mi Michoacan.

Anonymous said...

Them CJNG sicarios are manslaughterers.

Anonymous said...

And what the fuck is Nieto doing?

Anonymous said...

Its funny the Mexican police and army arrest civilians who wanted to protect themeless but their afraid to go into the mountains to fight CDS

Anonymous said...

Those templarios are worthless piece of shit just like zetas smh I hope they kill them all and leave all innocent ppl alone

Anonymous said...

All I got is two words: fuken crazy

Anonymous said...

Not a damm think he'$ just sitting back enjoying the money and looking pertty.fucken kill the bastard

Anonymous said...

Nothing, It's obvious Zetas have infiltrated the Federal government this time. Chapo is kinda out.

How long will it be till America invades Mexico for humanitarian reasons?

Anonymous said...

All pussy ass narcos are manslaughterers you ignorant fool.

Anonymous said...

Great post , keep up the good work
God bless all vigilantes risking their lives 4 freedom and for they're kids future

ATTE . XUNMEJORMEXICO

Anonymous said...

"...and the government, where? Nothing."

Where are all the Mexican socialists? Where? Nada.

Anonymous said...

They wanted to look the other way all those years. Well start killing!!! Stop complaining and make a weapon and rip your tee shirt and tie it around your head and get busy!! Kidnap the police and trade them for supplies.....this is not the time to be lazy and do interviews.

Anonymous said...

Extremely informative videos... how fucking sad... but history proves time and time again, the Mexican government has no balls and no interest in helping its own people. peña nieto, calderon, fox, zedillo, gortarti, de la madrid; all the way back. Bunch of worthless sellout pieces of shit surrounded by more politicians that are equally worthless, more concerned with fucking over the public and selling that ass to foreign companies and narcos for a fast buck, rather than helping their own. Rise up Mexico!!!!!

Anonymous said...

For you information the United States is only a country, but it is not America, America is a continent that expands all the way from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego in South America.

Anonymous said...

Quit with the Murrica Invading Mexico bull shit already, Do something about your fucking dope fiends first.

Anonymous said...

Most of those guns are from back.when.guns were legal in Mexico. No way anybody (cartels) is helping them. Think about our gun laws and how shittt it'd be to not be able to protect urself from CT.

Anonymous said...

Lock civilians up for having a weapon? What kind of shit is that? With everything else thats going on i mean.as for the guy who said america needs to clean up its dope fiends? Your right about that but mexico and all countries have alot of problems with that not just u.s.mexicos gun control laws for the citizens suck.if they took food water and feul from me and my family i would steal me some guns from somebody fuck that shit

Anonymous said...

Have Mexico set an example. I live here in Mexico and the dope is used to excess. So have the people of Mexico quit using drugs first. Easy to blame this on someone else. It is really about money. Drugs or no drugs the criminals will still kill and steal, kidnap and extort, human smuggling, slaves for prostitution and more. They are a criminal organization and it is about money. Not just selling drugs! Get a clue!

Anonymous said...

This is proof that the Mexican government is so closely aligned with the cartels. Average citizens are 2nd class.

Anonymous said...

Who the hell writes this stuff? Please learn to write before claiming to be reporters or bloggers. Your grammar is horrible and this post is full of incoherent ramblings and incomplete sentences.

jthemover said...

I translated more of the Milenio video in the Forum.

Anonymous said...

These appear to be the early stages of a Mexican revolution or civil war. Looks like the Mexican people are getting fed up with the governments lack of attention to their desperate situation. When it spreads to the major cities all hell is going to break lose.

Anonymous said...

Lock up all those " citizens " if they have an illegal weapon ...murder is murder no excuse

Anonymous said...

Yes! ^^^^

Anonymous said...

That top picture is important proof to me,it shows one of the citizen police carrying ak-47 style rifle while Authority's pass by,it tells me they are allowing them to do so,which in turn means they the authority's trust the citizen police for the time being.
The authority's seem to know when the citizen police are infiltrated or not,it is enough proof for me that these citizen police are the real thing and not CJNG as some people state on here...ive always stuck up for these mistreated and forgotten Mexican people from the start.
Well done and keep up the good fight....and kill every worthless cartel scum. GOD HELPS THOSE WHO HELP THEMSELVES

Anonymous said...

Whatever bro, that's old news. In most contexts, we know what someone means when they say "America." Let's not be PC Nazis here at the beat.

Anonymous said...

really really sad this is happening to the citizens of Mexico. piece of shit federal government!!

Anonymous said...

May 9, 2013 at 5:43 AM
"Do something about your fucking dope fiends first"
You got your own now meth head,selling to your own.Do something about your own dope fiends who kill women and children.You started with this bullshit, you pointing facts out?So am i.The old US v Mexico bullshit again,and again,and again,,,,

Anonymous said...

@ 5:43 AM
What about your dope fiends?

Anonymous said...

Did u not here el mamito said most of the guns come from the US. Either the government or independent contractors. Most of the guns in mexico are no good.

Anonymous said...

For so reson I think they r part of cjng..on that video some of those guns dont lok like they would belong to farmers and churro sellers...in my oipinion i think they do have some connection with cjng.

Anonymous said...

I hope these people have all the success they deserve,if they have been infiltrated to an extent,what else were they to do?These people are standing up,never mind whining about the US etc like a lot on here.Who do the CT think they are?They are supposed to love Michoacan?They are slowly killing it from the inside,these CT people are fucking idiots,they are destroying basic infrastructure which people need to get on with everyday life.Hopefully they have destroyed any kind of affinity the people may have had with them.
They have shown they care only about themselves,not Michoacan and its people.

Anonymous said...

So for all you people who are saying these people are CJNG in disguise,or infiltrated by sicarios of some sort.Watch the top video and tell us you think they are cartel related in any way?They look like fed up people,people who have been pushed to far by CT dogs chiseling off them.There are many more townspeople than CT,look what they did to CT?Fucked them up,and CT didn't like it.The people don't need CT and don't want your bullshit ideology,whatever your nonsense is.CT have shown what they truly are.

Anonymous said...

Mexico has some of the wealthious people in the world...No middle class...and some of the poorest people in the world. The rich have created this violent and disperate situation by keeping the poor ignorant...this is by design. Cartels have developed because there is no other real means of making a decent living...hence...no middle class. It just got out of control and the poor suffer the most because of it.

Anonymous said...

I know, enjoying drug money. Other then that not a danm thing

Chivis said...

10:33
yes he did see the Zetas trial update for week 3 at the bottom there is the video and translation narrative

Anonymous said...

Kill all bastard CT lowlife garbage gangbangers....Viva Mexico.

Anonymous said...

so lets say ppl from the US wanted to do something to help, what could we do?

Anonymous said...

"Quit with the Murrica Invading Mexico bull shit already, Do something about your fucking dope fiends first"
Fuck off hunchback,go and ring a bell .

Anonymous said...

Ct are trash they kill and kidnap...hard workin people...kickem out of michoacan! Viva la gente del pueblo...defiendance de esas ratas

Anonymous said...

"so lets say ppl from the US wanted to do something to help, what could we do?"
Spread the word, let the truth be known, make the Mexican government accountable for its lack of action, corruption and being accomplice of cartels. It´s corruption what has put the country in this situation yet mass media worldwide and political leaders keep patting EPN´s back for his economic reforms while remaining silent about the crimes committed by him and his predecesors, both by action and by omision, I believe international pressure can mean a lot, force the right changes, support Mexican social movements so they can have a voice, and due to the US relation with México pressure from the US is more important than from anywhere else.

Anonymous said...

man, this is screwed... you would think a gvt with A standing army could maintain shit in such a small area, but it just shows that they would rather not, this is a total lame duck president you guys have down there... people of mexico follow the philipino's in that they have little huts and shacks that the people make their own firearms, now everyone is strapped over there.. just get together to but a lathe mill, some drill presses and make some ak's rise up, you would think that a criminal group would want to remain in the shadows but not anymore, this is a calculated hostile takeover of small areas to grow larger and gain influence over time... crazy shit...

Anonymous said...

jajaja the guy at 1:40 in the first video has a pot leaf embroidered on his hat

Anonymous said...

So does any of this have to do with the alliance of el H beltran n the cjng to fuck up los caballeros templarios

Anonymous said...

The mexican mafia is connected with Caballeros Templarios in Chicago Illinois. Caballeros Templarios burn a Lime Factory in Michoacan Now the Lime is more expensive.

Anonymous said...

Who cares its all drug money! All these guys aint just posting up everywhere the whole day and not workg how would they eat...? Make sence? The end of times revelation246843 says

Anonymous said...

This has New World Order written all over it. Unrest and choas starts spreading causing the government to collapse. Thus, a failed state is created. Calls for a foreign intervention by a coalition of Western Hemisphere or UN member nations. The North American Union is established.

Anonymous said...

The drug peddler beggar Tuta is going to make a video soon where he will be begging for help & mercy...Tuta the beggar should be buried alive in a pile of shit.

Anonymous said...

USA invading another country for humanitarian reasons, LOL what a stupid comment.."America invades other weaker countries not for humanitarian reasons but for making it's military/ industrial complex stronger"...Get over "the sheep mentality" that you Americans are into.

Anonymous said...

Este mensaje de parte de servando gomes martines la TUTA ba para ti mencho y la bola de arrastraos q te sigen x es lo q son michoacanos amedias bola de traidores nos bale berga q te alies con el diablo pendejo corriente asi basa pasar aliendote con cuanto pendejo teda atole conel dedo medises q lla abansaste en michoacan si y gerrero y estado de mexico si siganse uniendo recuerdo a DON ARTURO BELTRAN ese si fue de honor Lastima q se unio con los Z. Imira lo q paso y lo q esta pasando en jalizco y en colima kien lo esta asiendo la masorca lla se empeso a desgranarr lo q abias de aser es q nosete duerma el gallo pendejo cuidate asta detu propia sonbra y atus cunaditos los kuienis dales el mismo consejo anosotros no nos metes miedo disiendo q te aliaste con el H lla tenemos miedo jajajjjjajja q no te as dado cuanta cuantas bese nos emos dado unas berguisass con la PFP aki estamos preparados pa morirr x q eso solo los

Anonymous said...

GOD DAMMIT WAKE UP GOVERNMENT AND SEND THESE PEOPLE HELP!!! they are brave people who are standing upto the lowlife druggie cartels for gods sake give them a chance!

Anonymous said...

La puta! Porque? Por ke espero a ke se lo culiaran pa aliarse a la fuersa.

Anonymous said...

Seriously right. as if america has ever solved a problem. They aren't very succesful at dismanteling groups. They couldn't stop the taliban. They got their asses handled by the congos in vietnam oh couldn't stop alqieda right? Another thing, all that mexican citizens need are weapons. Give them weapons and the issue will be solved. They have courage

Anonymous said...

Thanks BB for the article...keep us posted about new developments...Hope the CT get their asses kicked.

Anonymous said...

Bastardo, te vas ah cemar en el infiero

Anonymous said...

el IFE xq q tiene retenes q les kita la comida y cosas ala la gente q le kiere ayudar a esta gente q tipo d gobierno le da la espalda a sus propia gente q es inocente y q nomas kiere trabajar. gobierno = corruptos pinchis putos comprados igual q el Obama q dejo q se mueran 3 americanos en benghazi y no dejo las fuerzas especiales q vallan a ayudar

Anonymous said...

So what if you dont like what you see leave you understand this right?

Anonymous said...

Connection with the cjng or not they have to do what they have to do. i wouldn't care if i got those guns from the cjng i'd only care to have them

Anonymous said...

In diapers.

Anonymous said...

Go to Mexico idiot. There is a middle class. Children still play outside like they did in the US 30 years ago.

Anonymous said...

looks like Templarios miss El Chango before the split he had these pueblos and shit he says it in his interview when they got him

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