Auto Defense Leader says 50+ Feds Killed in Ambush
The following is an interview between the auto defense leader and educational radio in Los Angeles
Interview with Jose Maria Mireles – community leader of Tepalcatepec
Dr. José María Mireles, leader of the community of Tepalcatepec police: interviewed by the telephone, reported that more than 50 federal were ambushed and murdered by the Knights Templar in Caleta de Campos, in Tierra Caliente, in recent days.Also a fact not reported in the Mexican or global press is that at the funeral of the father of one of the leaders of this criminal group, Nazario Moreno, El Chayo, the Governor or Michoacán was in attendance.
Last week was the greatest violence in Tepalcatepec, the community police went out to confront the narcos, in caravans of 136 trucks, with 8 or 10 people heavily armed in each. It is a conflict in that municipality, which has already lasted 5 months and five days and which does not cease although there are thousands of soldiers and federal.
Lawyer Alan Diamante immigration said that immigrants from Tierra Caliente, who are in the US with deportation order, can apply for political asylum.
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Translation of full interview into English hear interview in Spanish in video:
Interview with Jose Maria Mireles – community leader of Tepalcatepec
Interviewer: We are talking about the serious situation, that people in Tepalcatepec and in areas of Tierra Caliente are living in. Where it has come to a point in which there is an operation of federal government that includes participation of the army and federal police trying to locate the leaders of the criminal groups.
What is your point of view regarding this situation Dr. Mireles?
Dr. Mireles: Well, speaking openly about it, we are now seeing, with much interest, the change of status of the big equipment that I once told you about (referring to the convoys of the army), that only came to cruise around and did not have authorization to get off the highway into a direct confrontation with the criminals.
It seems as if they believe us now (the government). We used to tell them where they were but they didn’t dare to go and confront them because their orders were to unarm those that were defending themselves, not to attack the organized crime. Many of the federal government, even some militars had to die so that they would start believing everything that we said 5 months ago and the press knows that it is true.
Right now, we are in the midst of battles. It was a hot week, (hot or red is a term meaning violent/clash) as we call it, because it started Monday with the murder of the people that were protesting in the Municipal Hall of Los Reyes against the municipal president and the municipal police, which are the leaders of the Knights Templar in that municipality.
All the gunfire that killed people, the ones we know are dead, and the others that are still injured but hiding, came from the inside of the Municipal Hall of Los Reyes, they came out from the roof of the municipal hall.
That same day, in the evening, 4 federals were killed in the community of Aguaje adjoining our community. We had done some patrolling; we were on 136 trucks with an average of 8 to 10 people highly armed, I was leading it. We started patrolling since 7 am to 6 pm. At 6:25 pm, we left the community of Aguaje to focus in La Ruana and see if we could do something for our friends of Los Reyes. We heard that 3 federals had been killed in a surprise attack in Aguaje, a community that, I repeat, we had just left 25 minutes ago.
It was weird that nobody confronted us, but the federals that were escorting us, were confronted. The ones that were at the very back and fell behind for some cause, were the ones killed.
I want to tell all the community that it was not 4 federals that were killed this week but you know how Mexican press handle things, in Aguaje alone, that day at 6:30 pm were 4 killed, the next morning, there were confrontations in Barranca Seca, in San Jose de la Montaña and in Dos Aguas.
They were ambushed; three ambushes at the same . The federals were ambushed by the criminals, who were dressed up as militars and with the thick vegetation, well, the federals relied on their convoy and let them get to the center of a narrow pass and there is where they were ambushed and attacked by tremendous gunfire.
Also exiting the Pacific, heading to the mountain, by Caleta de Campo –this is confidential information and I telling it to you personally- in that attack, more than 50 federals were killed and if you see what the press says; they say that 4 federals and 20 hit men were killed.
The week before, 3 soldiers were executed in San Angel Zurumucapio, another community near Los Reyes, towards the municipality of Zamora, but I repeat, the national press only says what is best for them.
I don’t know if it was because of the massacre that had occurred during the week or because the international public opinion keeps pressuring the federal government to resolve the problem; the point is that today, arriving at my municipality, besides the 600 soldiers that we have from the 4th infantry battalion, another 600 soldiers of the 9th infantry battalion which has its quarters in Jalisco. Also around 3 or 3:30 pm, 6 helicopters from the federals arrived; about 30 mobile units also arrived, also of the federal patrol.
I am telling you this because after the murder of the federals from the ambush, one can see the active presence of the army and federals. There was a presence of them, 5 months ago, well about 2 months to be exact because we have endured three months beating down organized crime, without the presence of the army, or the federals. Actually, when the army arrived, we already had three months exactly, without any abduction or executions and in this week, unfortunately, what we have seen is many executions.
It is not mentioned by the press, but our companions that were challenging the municipal president or the municipal police of Los Reyes, used broom sticks, machetes or with scythe. It isn’t mentioned either, that the man that was killed or the other two that were injured, from Coalcoman and were supporting the federals in Barranca Seca where the federals were being ambushed.
The confrontations there lasted 2 days (daylight), even though the press only says that it occurred on Tuesday and on Wednesday, which were seven ambushes, but the attack in the mountains between Coalcoman and Aguililla, which is exactly Dos Aguas, Barranca Seca and San Jose de las Montañas, lasted 2 days and two nights. Until, finally, we achieved the support of General Patiño of the 43th Military Zone, which send helicopters to evacuate the injured; the dead people were left until an agent of Public Ministry came for verification.
This is the information until now at the center of Tierra Caliente, where we have been for 5 months and three days strongly in conflict to eliminate the criminals, which now, unfortunately, it took the deaths of the federals, now the federal government and the Presidency of the Republic, turned (attention) this way, gentleman.
Dr. Mireles, do you think that they really are going to capture La Tuta and the other man that is the leader of the Knights Templar?
Well, this is a situation that I am going to make the comment and you and all the audience, interpret it however suits you best. Three days ago, died the father of Nazario Moreno,” El Chayo”; a funeral service was done in Apatzingan, on a public place. All the leadership of organized crime was present, including the temporary governor of the state of Michoacán Jesus Reyna. (The governor immediately issued a press statement and posted on his official state website a denial of the allegation. His wife and La Tuta's wife are sisters)
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I’ll let you interpret it however you want. There was no apprehension whatsoever, not one movement of anything. Even the local press mentioned it but I don’t know really what the story is here, I will say one thing clearly, we, the town will never give up weapons, even if we have one million soldiers and federals, we really regret and feel sorry for the death of the federals that were ambushed; they were trapped as flies; they didn’t know how to defend themselves and I see that the federals don’t have the capability of confrontations in the mountains, the militars do but they haven’t had the motivation that we would like to see with the soldiers, if I make myself clear.A week ago, I was called by General Patiño and he tells me: what do you need to finish with the criminals that are still around and I say: well only to go get them, I know where they are and he says: If you know where they are well let’s go get them.
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I’ll let you interpret it however you want. There was no apprehension whatsoever, not one movement of anything. Even the local press mentioned it but I don’t know really what the story is here, I will say one thing clearly, we, the town will never give up weapons, even if we have one million soldiers and federals, we really regret and feel sorry for the death of the federals that were ambushed; they were trapped as flies; they didn’t know how to defend themselves and I see that the federals don’t have the capability of confrontations in the mountains, the militars do but they haven’t had the motivation that we would like to see with the soldiers, if I make myself clear.
I say: Sir, does it matter if they are in another municipality and the General says in front of the colonel that is in Tepalcatepec: It doesn’t matter even if they are in another state, if you kow where they are, we’ll go get them anywhere, But the same thing happen previously, we organized an operation, I brought the people that was going to guide us through the different roads to avoid the camps that had most concentration of Knights Templar from escaping.
It took three days to make the plan of action. When we arrived with the people, the houses were even swept and mopped. (this is a sarcastic way of saying the Knights Templar were warned and cleared out, even having time to mop the floors).
What the federals did was heroic; they went ahead without a plan, where someone told them the Knights Templar were in that place but they went to a terrain they didn’t know and the other guys, control the land, it was a piece of cake for them.
I appreciate the support and hope you keep supporting us, to place greater pressure because all the defense that we have been given, has been only throughout the support of the international public opinion, as you are. Michoacán
Help us to spread the word so that U.S government pressures the Mexican government to notice us (pay attention to us). They are already doing it because they have had many deaths, which we were trying to avoid; we want to keep peace but we will continue to defend ourselves.
On Social Media: on Facebook page Tres Punto Cero it is rumored that Nazario "El Chayo" aka "Mas Loco" is alive and undergone plastic surgery, also using the name Ernesto Villa Zapata. They promise a "full report" this coming week. It sounds far fetched to me, you can decide for yourselves.
To the reader who wrote me and suggested this post....Paz, Chivis