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Army Opens Fire At Self-Defense Group in Michoacán/Uprising of La Huacana and Zicuirán

Thursday, December 19, 2013 |


Updates from La Jornada Michoacán, Facebook

The self-defense movement won't give in to the Mexican Army in Michoacán
Photo By: Gustavo Aguado

Nueva Italia, Michoacán—Despite the warnings from the PRI governor Fausto Vallejo, the self-defense movement took the municipalities of La Huacana and Zicuirán during the afternoon and Nueva Italia through the night.

The advancement of the self-defense movement goes against the grain of the statements by the governor Vallejo Figueroa, in the sense that “they will not go any further after the taking of Tancítaro, on November 19”

Residents of Zicuirán indicated that members of the Army open fired on a truck belonging to a self-defense group in which three women were injured, and apparently one of them identified as Leonor Sandoval Báez, 17, died in the hospital of La Huacana.

The attack occurred at 19:00 hours (7:00 p.m.) in a place known as La Galera, a few meters away from an outpost, when two trucks with Mexican soldiers arrested eight members of a self-defense group and threw them on the ground.

Immediately, a few thousand residents rushed to the site of the confrontation.  In response, the soldiers opened fire on a truck carrying a group of women where three were injured.


After the assault, he soldiers escaped towards Churumuco.

During the afternoon, Community Police and self-defense groups from: Aguililla, Aquila, Coalcomán, Buenavista, Tepalcatepec and Tancítaro, along with residents from La Huacana, in the Tierra Caliente region, cried out: “Enough with organized crime!”

The dissenters wielded field tools and turned them into weapons:  scythes, machetes, hoes, axes, .22 caliber rifles and 12 gauge shotguns.

Alfonso Mares, mayor of La Huacana, pronounced that the municipality will get rid of “these degenerates”.

During the night, the self-defense advancement continued with the taking of Nueva Italia.


Updates from La Jornada Michoacán

There appears to be several different versions in regards to the self-defense uprising that occurred

The state government has not yet released any official information about what happened in the municipality located in the Tierra Caliente region

Hipólito Mora, leader of the self-defense group in La Ruana, municipality of Buenavista Tomatlán, confirmed during the night in a telephone interview that there is a presence of “communitarians” in La Huacana and he also said that they have installed roadblocks in the access road to Zicuirán in order to control the security of the community.

Mora also spoke of an attack occurring in the municipality of Churumuco, but said that there isn’t any sufficient evidence to confirm the occurrence

The Community Police of Tepalcatepec reported through their Facebook account that the self-defense groups of La Huacana, Zicuirán and El Chauz “did not need our help in taking up arms” 

Hipólito Mora was not in the municipality when asked by La Jornada Michoacán, but said that the community had already turned to support them, since there were talks of clashes.

However the mayor of La Huacana, Alfonso Méndez Chávez, confirmed to La Jornada that the self-defense incursion that occurred was led by José Manuel Mireles

Near midnight, the Community Police of Tepalcatepec announced that various movement leaders would arrive at Zicuirán, including Manuel Mireles, in order to verify the “authenticity” of the new community, since the social media version talked about the uprising as a trap set up by the Caballeros Templarios in order to attack the self-defense groups.

8 municipalities now contain self-defense groups including: Apatzingán, Tancítaro, Buenavista, Tepalcatepec, Chinicuila, Coalcomán, Aguililla and now La Huacana.

Updates From Por Un Michoacán Libre SDR- Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:58 p.m.:



"The self-defense movement of Zicuiran is deemed reliable and genuine, more than 2,000 people from the area agreed in facing against organized crime"

"We can say that Zicuiran and over 90% of their people rose up in arms including: priests, teachers, students, and housewives"



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Sources: La Jornada Michoacán Proceso

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47 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

Now it is official: government/criminals vs community police/the people. Let the new revolution begin.

Anonymous said...

I don't even live in Michoacan and I feel helpless. Just imagine as a law abiding citizen criminals extort your, they kill you familly, rape your daughters. When you call the cops, the cops tell you they can't do nothing for your cause either they are scared of the criminals, or they work for them. Then you go to the State Governor for help, and he happens to be the brother in law or a relative of the leader of the criminals. so you can't take it no more and you start defending your town, and the Piece of Shit Governor tells you that you are breaking the law by arming yourself and you mus turn in your weapons or be arrested and or killed. I say it's time for an uprising againts the state itself. someone should kill the governor and start all over. I can really feel the desperation of these town folks.. God help them!

Anonymous said...

PAN: protected Sinaloa cartel (remember Fox and Puente Grande?)
PRI: Protects Templarios and attacks Sinaloa. Things change every six years in Mexico depending on which criminal group yields power at Los Pinos.

Anonymous said...

PAN: protected Sinaloa and attacked templarios (Calderons hometown)

Chivis said...

Bastards

Anonymous said...

If the Politicians have links to or family members in Drug Cartels they must be taken out and punished severely, perhaps even put to death.

Anonymous said...

Now look what those dumbass Pri got them selves into, a revolution. Its out of control the people have armed them selves. Go get them boys, kick the cartel and gov.'s asses

Anonymous said...

Los Pepe's

Anonymous said...

the cartel kidnapped my nephew, You think the Mx army cares

William Kennedy said...

Exactly. It's come down to the Government & Criminals ---vs--- Community, the People. This is the beginnings of a justified Revolution. The whole system is corrupt. The police are scared of criminals. Kidnappings happen in broad daylight without consequence. People are murdered. Mexico is dying people! Wake up!

Anonymous said...

This group of soldiers most likely under templario payroll. No worry more civilians then soldiers! Keep moving forward!!!

DD said...

Damn. This is scary and sad. I have been saying for some time that the govt.(fed) was laying the groundwork for disarming and disbanding of the self-defense groups - speeches by various govt.officials about the groups were not acceptable, that they were a danger to the state etc., along with a shooting here and there. . Remember when the Army would not let them enter a neighboring town unless they went in unarmed. After they were disarmed the group was ambushed by snipers on roof tops as the approached the municipal offices. this could be the start of a blood bath that would equal or surpass the massacres by the "old PRI" government during Mexico's "dirty war", and the massacres of Zapatista villages.

there is no way these brave farmers, merchants, and laborers can stand up to the firepower of the military and the federal police. the only hope is that enough Mexicans throughout the country unite and scream "basta, we won't take it any more".

Anonymous said...

Omg.... can't stand it. Any more news? Anything from Mireles?

Anonymous said...

The DEA or FBI need to anonymously drop off a shit load of weapons to all self defense groups in Mexico since there too busy in the middle east, the real war is next door. Or citizens from the US need to donate weapons as well, I will be the first . FUCK THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT! !!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

The only hope for Mexican people is that those who have fled to the USA return with guns and ammunition and overthrow their worthless life sucking government.

Anonymous said...

They tryin to disarm us here in the u.s.LIKE HELL!!!! Im game for helping arm the honest good ppl of mexico!! RISE UP PPL!! It dont seem like they dont have much else to lose so why not? God gonna get tired of all the ugly and destroy them!!

Anonymous said...

Lol u mad cuz I wrote drop drones on those CP scumbags well I wrote it again there you can't stop me fuck u and fuck the CP Arriba los CTGM

Anonymous said...

Los Pepes! What for-Pablo Emilio Escobar is dead. The horrible situation in Michoacan is about everyday people standing up to evil. Los Pepes-evil incarnate- came about from a cluster-phoque of vested interests "Made In The USA," CIA; DEA; DAS; los Ochoas; Los Uribes; los Castanos; los Rodriguez Orejuela; Rodriguez Gacha, the founder of MAS, (right wing), brought the FARC to the party when he finally accepted his invite from los hermanitos de Cali. (Leftist FARC did security for el Mejicano's labs & cultivos). The Rodriguez Orejuela betrayed el Mejicano, who didn't live to see los Pepes next incarnation-Bloque de Busqueda aka AUC, ( run by Don Berma), & Delta Force kill Pablo Escobar. Mexico has the experience of knowing how to have a successful revolution. No Outsiders! No USA sponsored paramilitary!

Anonymous said...

Do you go out of your way to sound like a dumbass or are you just that big of a dumbass?

Anonymous said...

Like the US is any better, does nobody on this website remember the FAST AND FURIOUS scandal involving OUR government when they supplied the cartels with weapons. Did you you fuckers forget?

Anonymous said...

Listen you dumb ass, there would be giving the weapons to the Dr. Mireles him self and or the defense groups not the cartel, re-read the message I left before you leave a ignorant message. Or do you want me to draw you a picture.??

Anonymous said...

Why are all the Mexican reporters silent?
JORGE RAMOS. Joaquin Lopez doriga, are too busy counting their money.
The governor, CORRUPTION VALLEJO FIGUEROA,has sold his ass,how can he still be governor? Ex-interim governor,in-law of the tuta,Jesus Reyna,now secretary of government,corrupt too,how can Pena nieto still support them"authorities"? Oh,they are PRIISTA family,and avail themselves of all the military and police powers to subjugate the rabble and the proles,they serve and protect their own,and each other.
In la huacana,Miguel Angel Gallegos Godoy, el traficante mas poderoso de tierra caliente has many properties and businesses,he controls political appointments,I suppose he has his own army of murderers to defend "his kingdom"...

Anonymous said...

10:40 ct and michoacan government stolen by PRI,helped Pena Nieto get the presidency,the people will not get help from federal or state governments.
Pena nieto,with his red shirts,a la Hugo Chavez,is no bolivariana revolutionary,all the Mexican politicians that have been using the
red shirts are just a bunch of posers that just stole the presidency on a one third of the votes,and most of them spurious,stolen or bought.the constitutional government should be "prostitutional".
I hope the blood of
LEONOR SANDOVAL BAEZ
will fuel the cause of the autodefensas.
Hasta la Victoria Siempre! Used to be the war cry of the revolutionaries of the 70's,created and infiltrated by the Direccion Federal de Seguridad from the start,to attract/neutralize the Mexican malcontents like the 23 de septiembre league...
Ooops,same thing happened all over Latin America!!! Followed by state coups and military dictatorships,austerity,national economic disasters,fire sales of national patrimony,generation of two or three Latin American billionaires,a few dozen millionaires investing on Bain capital in Panama or the Cayman islands to launder their drug money,and four times as many broken ass poor people that will surely go to heaven,thanks for saving us,global powers that be!!!

Anonymous said...

PABLO ESCOBAR was an asshole,that's for sure,but he was not,in our worst nightmares as bad as the guys that screwed his ass,like giniral naranjas,now recovering Mexico for the Colombian drug traffickers,who started losing the business and the Mexican land when el negro durazo started killing them under president Jose Lopez Portillo (Argentinan wife,investments in Spain)

Anonymous said...

2:00 William,Mexico is getting choked to allow the rape of the nation by the pirates of the vulture globalizing entrepreneurs,as they start to consolidate,the government turns on their associates,the narcs and their sicarios,the taking of puerto Lazaro Cardenas,facilitates the movement of oil and minerals to...China? In preparation for the
Pacific Rim free trade pact that will take even more jobs to the Asian countries leaving more Hispanics on kruschevs dust,the same treaty that will force the American workers to work for much less than minimum wages,the US will not only be on its knees as a country,but on all fours if it does not wake up s o o n...
I respectfully request improvements to the above statements,even total neutralization if needed,this is not an ego trip, but a quest for a bigger truth,so help if you can,thnx.

Anonymous said...

Oganize the governmnen in exile, nothing will be helped by our return to Mexico.
Fast and furious,Obama or Bush's? some of us "fuckers"remember more than we should...

Anonymous said...

8:34 is sure a dumbass, fucking cholo de rancho,chinga a toda tu reputa madre que te pario en mala hora,hijo de perra!

Anonymous said...

10:17 Right,but giniral naranjas,Colombian,is running shit for Pena nieto's national security's efforts to control the populace,the rabble,the asalariados,and the proles...

Anonymous said...

Fellow US citizens supplying Mexican citizens, yes I agree but gov't never both of them are corrupt.

Anonymous said...

We need to have Mexico's back.. as people. Looks like we will soon be facing a do or die situation against our own government. It'd be awesome if we could count on a neighbor for help.. as people. No fucking politics involved.

Anonymous said...

The cartels will lose everything,IF they dont leave the people alone.make money,but leave them alone or else!!

Anonymous said...

I don't understand why the Mexican authorities do not arm and train these people. It is going to be the only way to get their nation back from the cartels. I understand that the government is corrupt. But so is every other government around the world. The nature of government attracts corrupt people. But unless I am mistaking, the corrupt government is not rapeing and murdering the citizens.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mexican government,

Tell your military to not fire on these self-defense groups. Instead give them training and weapons. give them a rank in the military and let them be a arm of the military or local police. make it legit. The self-defense groups are not criminals, they are good people who are trying to survive while still doing the right thing. PLease help them.

Anonymous said...

But I thought its always the USA fault? I mean that's what Mexicans say. Why would they want help from the USA government? No matter USA always gets blame for the worlds ducking problems. Also didn't the USA give Mexico millions in aid to fight the drug
War?

Fuck that its Mexico's problem not USA.

Anonymous said...

Fuck that! Let them fix their fucking problems. We got enough problems of our own here in the States.

Anonymous said...

This is a declaration of, we care nothing about you, we have no concern for your well being, your rights to defend oneself or your concern for your familiesmor those close to you. Jeez mexico

Anonymous said...

We Americans are the cause of all these problems with our never ending demand for cartel drugs.

Anonymous said...

If you want your neighbors to the north to help, ask for it, dont sit there and wither in silence. And another thing, if you know anyone in america or have relatives here, ask them to tell whomever they can get to listen, print out some flyers about what is going on to let people know who may not.

Anonymous said...

I think they got a whole bunch of millions, that gets diced up way before it hits the troops

Anonymous said...

7:16 "Mexico's problem" has always been US ambassadors working with the "Mexican Authorities" on solving unexistent problems,the 1.5 billion provided by Obama,more than half went to US weapons manufacturers,30% to intermediary middlemen. Whatever is left over does not control any crime.
The aim is to keep socialists out of power,and the banana republic safe to privatize,by any means necessary...

Anonymous said...

7:16 after the US fixed the Chile problem, Pinochet put his billions in British banks, and when he got in trouble,he ran to England,like Carlos Salinas de gortari, both seem to have been working for some other interests,like there are other bad guys around,the US will not be doing lap dances for them,they will be dancing on all four for the foreign enemies of the US from across the oceans,helped its domestic enemies,the heirs of Benedict Arnold for whom the US is not good enough,Latin America all ever wanted was for some peace,stability,it was too much to expect from the colonial masters...

Anonymous said...

8:37 wrong! let's say el chapo has 2billion dollars in the bank,but he sells 200 billion worth of drugs,where is the rest of the money? maybe Forbes know better approximate estimates,but bet your ass, Forbes have no idea about where is all the money all the biggest drug traffickers have made,all over the world,or at least from the US,we are talking about billions and billions of dollars,where the hell is all that money?

Anonymous said...

1:02 yes,after errybody and errything is paid for, the big bosses are known to put their money in the banks washing machines,and leave the cleaned money there to be invested and reinvested, like in panamanian,cayman islands or swiss banks,when the capos are gone,or arrested, what the hell happens to all that money?
Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos money,in the billions of dollars,disappeared from the foreign banks,after paying their lawyers,the philipine's government is said to have recovered $2 000.00 US dollars!!!! I guess keeping safe somebody else's money is a very good business...but Mexico in spite of all its corruption,can't stoop that low, Mexico needs some lessons on the londonese/Austrian/German schools of economics,and learn to live off other people's money,and use it to buy their own houses,arses and bananas...

Anonymous said...

Pues si, no? La mismita "template" tambien. When, i read thug-cop, Uribe's & the Ochoa's putaracha was named head of Mexico's nat'l police it was shocking, but not surprising all things considered. Little Mr. Naranjitas loves wet work as have/do the previous 5 gringo ambassadors and gringo Minister Councils to same said US ambassadors. These are the guys who gave you los z. Their gift to Colombia: Uribe, and to a very real extent, Escobar, certainly the coke trade. "Control the drugs, control the politics." Sad & true. No importa! VIVA MEXICO! Carajo.

Anonymous said...

Right On! People to people for people. No freakin' politics.

Anonymous said...

Excellent point. People can always bite the hand that feeds them when least expected.

Anonymous said...

News networks that label these brave citizens "vigilantes" should blow the dust off their dictionaries.
Vigilantes mete out justice outside of an established, functioning system of law.
There was no true system of law and justice in the cartel-controlled areas to exercise outside of. The government officials lost all authority when they abdicated or corrupted their responsibilities.
These self-defense groups are the militia described in the U.S. Second Amendment, all able bodied citizens and armed for self defense.

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