Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Autodefensas Speak Out Against Organized Crime

Siglo XXI
A new and complex scenario is again taking place in the region of Tierra Caliente.  It is not easy to distinguish the actions of one group to another, which is why we think that it is necessary to take great caution with different information that is spreading.   For now, we leave this photographic work which shows a disputed region, a territory that that does not match the peaceful life that those who live in want.  The Mexican state lies-as usual- in their statements of stability and peace and it is responsible for having generated more violence rather than taking the role of listening and serving the people. 

Photos By: Alan Ortega
Text By: Heriberto Paredes

Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat

On Sunday, December 14, 2014, in a much similiar way as what occurred in late February 2013, a large number of autodefensas took up arms in the Michoacán region known as Tierra Caliente.  However, the demands are different from those that prompted the first uprising, now they are also fighting for the release of 383 autodefensas who are still locked up in various prisons, including Dr. José Mireles Valverde.   

Another demand is the dismissal of Viceroy Alfredo Castillo, the special commissioner who was supposed to pacify the state, and for the extermination of the Fuerzas Rurales, the police force created by the federal government to incorporate various autodefensa groups within the institutional structure.  It should be noted that a considerable number of members of the Caballeros Templarios-identified and denounced by the same autodefensas and residents of the region-were covered up in this police force, and with the uniform and permission to carry arms, continued to commit abuses and crimes with impunity. 



Apatzingán, Buenavista Tomatlán, Tepalcatepec, Parácuaro, Cuatro Caminos, Peribán, Los Reyes, Huetamo, and Uruapan were among some of the towns who saw this new uprising occur with more than 30 blockades.  Also, throughout the day, several contingents of the Fuerzas Rurales-mostly groups of ex-Templarios- were present in the streets and roads in the region and, were trying to take advantage of the situation and confuse the population, burning their uniforms to “join” the uprising and to legitimize themselves in front of the people.  For this reason, autodefensas who always remained as such, decided to confront them and highlight their deception.  These are the complex characteristics that make up the new episode of this process, which, added to the state and national situation, comes to intensify this socio-political context in all its meanings and dimensions.


In the series of photographs we can see the blockades to roads that were carried out on the road known as Siglo XXI located in the outskirts of Uruapan. (Additional Hi-Res Photos can be found in the source link)

Unlike what Alfredo Castillo says to the mainstream media, organized crime has not been put to a halt and on the contrary, has strengthened between the reconfigurations of groups and under the guise of the Fuerza Rural.

There is a dispute over control of the territory of Michoacán, esbecually between the autodefensas- who seek to kick out criminals from their towns and an actual implementation of justice in all necessary cases- and organized crime who are sometimes shown as state security forces, and in others as members of Los Viagras (hitmen and criminals who, under the shelter of the government and the Caballeros Templarios, continue with their criminal activities and violent acts) and ultimately, as autodefensas.


A new and complex scenario is again taking place in the region of Tierra Caliente.  It is not easy to distinguish the actions of one group to another, which is why we think that it is necessary to take great caution with different information that is spreading.   For now, we leave this photographic work which shows a disputed region, a territory that that does not match the peaceful life that those who live in want.  The Mexican state lies-as usual- in their statements of stability and peace and it is responsible for having generated more violence rather than taking the role of listening and serving the people. 


Source:  SubVersiones

7 comments:

  1. Just wondering is Hipolito Mora now officially AD again?

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  2. The Real AD have the upper hand and need to keep every single one of those cdiminal bastards out of the AD before they once again become a cancer! Like Porky pig El Americano!

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  3. El Americano what a corrupt fawk,he is just buying time if he is not in the states yet hiding.

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  4. El Americano chingasu madre y toda su decendencia, no se van sin pagarla de esta vida y si si cai la maldicion en su decendencia... tu tmb Castillo te va ir de la fregada pinche rata vende patrias de mierda

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  5. The poor people of Michoacan. They are the ones who continue to suffer because EPN allied with the cartels and tossed the people aside. It is really hard to believe/understand the level of corruption in Mexico... that the federal government would disarm the citizen's group and ally with cartels.

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  6. Wow... what a cluster fuck. Great job EPN, bastard. I feel for the 43 students (51 actually as Chivis has pointed out).... but Michoacan is the real horror story. It should be getting WAY more international attention.

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  7. Will the real AD please stand up, please stand up!! Any mind is completely distorted, that thinks for one second...things are better. The way EPN and Castillo try to make things sound,is like everything is all good in sunny Mexico...We are just having a dirty ass war down here, but besides that...life is great for us!

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