Sunday, June 28, 2015

Violence Continues In Michoacán; Reign of Impunity Extends


Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat


Michoacán is one of the states with the most violence in the country due to the dispute between drug cartels in the Tierra Caliente region, which covers 17 municipalities in the state along with nine in Guerrero and five in the State of Mexico.

Municipalities include:

Michoacán: San Lucas, Tuzantla, Susupuato de Guerrero, Nocupetaro, Caracuaro, Tiquicheo, Huetamo de Nuñez.

Guerrero: Arcelia, San Miguel Totolapan, Ajuchitlán del Progreso, Tlapehuala, Coyuca de Catalán, Zirándaro, Cutzamala del Pinzón, Pungarabato, Tlalchapa.

Estado de México: Tlataya, Amatepec, San Simón de Guerrero, Tejupilco, Palmar Chico, Sultepec, Zacualpan.




The fight from organized crime for the control of the plazas and the inability of the state government to maintain a state of peace caused the armed uprising of hundreds of civilians from the communities of La Ruana and Tepalcatepec to make up groups called autodefensas in February 2013.



The civil uprising, consisting mainly of merchants, farmers and ranchers immediately won the sympathy of michoacanos and a year later, more than 30 towns of 20 municipalities had their own autodefensas.

Shootouts, deaths, extortions, kidnappings, rapes, and the presence of the Caballeros Templarios and Jalisco Nueva Generación cartels, products from local governments without any control, and the then PRI governor Fausto Vallejo Figueroa, put the entire country on alert and Michoacán became the first challenge of the administration of Enrique Peña Nieto.




On January 15 2014, the federal government appointed Alfredo Castillo Cervantes as the Commissioner for Security and the Integral Development of Michoacán.  His objective was to restore public confidence in the institutions of law enforcement, in addition to legalizing and integrating the groups of autodefensas that emerged in the state into the Fuerza Rural.

Despite Peña Nieto’s attempts to maintain order in Michoacán, violence and terror didn’t leave the state and the figure of the commissioner failed.  On January 22 of this year, Enrique Peña Nieto ordered the departure of Castillo and instead appointed General Felipe Gurrola Ramírez in his place.



The situation of anarchy that the state of Michoacán lived through and the scandals that stemmed from a series of videos where the son of the former governor of Michoacán, Rodrigo Vallejo Mora, appeared in alongside members of organized crime such as Servando Gómez Martínez, “La Tuta”, led to Fausto Vallejo’s resignation as the Governor of Michoacán.



Rodrigo Vallejo, known as “El Gerber”, is another case that remains pending in Michoacán.  Rodrigo Vallejo has appeared in several videos and photographs with members of organized crime.  From these incidents, he was held in Santiaguito prison located in the State of Mexico in August 2014; however, eight months later, he was released on bail after paying seven thousand pesos ($449 USD).

And violence continues in the state, now ruled by the academic Salvador Jara Guerrero.



On May 14, Enrique Hernández Salcedo, candidate for the mayor of Yurécuaro, through the Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (MORENA) (National Regeneration Movement), was fired upon during a political rally and minutes later, died.


In another act of violence, on May 22 a shootout between federal forces and alleged members of organized crime occurred in Tanhuato, which left at least 43 dead, of which 11 showed signs of torture, according to family members of the victims to the US newspaper The Washington Times.

Shootouts in Tumbiscatío

A month later, on June 23, social network users reported another alleged shootout in Tumbiscatío, which left 12 dead; however, state authorities reported no conflict in the area.

Michoacán, amongst the states with the most cases of manslaughter

The violent events that have occurred in Michoacán in recent months have been recorded in statistics of various organizations such as México ¿Cómo Vamos? and the Observatorio Nacional Ciudadano (ONC) (National Citizen Observatory), which the latter presented a report this month about Incidences of High Impact Crimes in Mexico during 2014.

The document revealed that the State of Mexico, Guanajuato, Michoacán, Chiapas and Oaxaca surpassed one thousand investigations for manslaughter.


Cartel Land






But the escalation of violence in Michoacán crossed the borders and is now the subject of a documentary that tells the story of two figures: the leader of the autodefensas in Michoacán, José Manuel Mireles, and the leader of the Arizona Border Recon (AZBR) in the United States, Tim Foley.

“Cartel Land” is the name of this controversial film that hits theaters in Mexico on July 2.  The director, Matthew Heinerman, expressed through images of severed heads, hanging corpses from bridges, cries of torture that go through the walls of houses that have been turned into makeshift prisons, the reality that currently exists in Michoacán.
 


Source: Sin Embargo

19 comments:

  1. Why Why Why does Pena Nieto does not protect the innocent

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  2. The PRI is going to mess around and be the cause of the Revolution. They be dumb

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  3. The shootout that happened in tumbiscatio was near las cruces mich and there where seven dead its little cells of la tuta people that are fighting agansit each other i know cause one of the dead was uncle of my cousins wife

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  4. reported homicides are not a guide, as there about three times more unreported homicides

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  5. My respects for these brave men. All Mexico should fight for their rights to be free from crime and f uped government!!

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    1. those michoacanos have some brave souls!!!

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  6. Not a single word about Dr. Mireles. How sad.

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  7. Why is doctor mireles still in prison......do I have to get a team of armed men and shot it out to break him out???? Peña nieto I give 48 to figure shit out other wise I'm fire you.....sincerely "Donald Trump"

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    1. estas loco...pinche post ni sentido tiene

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    2. You give 48 what? Thats funny y no se me raje mi cenizo aqui al cien desde california esperando el cargamento

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  8. While they say the elections is over and el pri won a majority of 33.4% of the vote, the state lawyers are still studying the Mireles case for 2 more months, but they don't know how to "red and/or 'rite" while kissing peña nieto's ass...
    --i'd say the opposition won with a 66.6% of the vote against epn, and they did not buy extort, falsify or burn one single vote...
    --mexican legislators are too busy getting paid millions (dollars or pesos?) for selling epn's pemex and will NOT write any legislation to protect any mexican from any mexican government officer's authority, no matter what...

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  9. Is Cartel Land going to hit theaters in the States?

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    1. Yes.

      http://cartellandmovie.com/#screenings

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  10. There is no more hope for Mexico. Who ever gets elected president next is sure stepping in Hells Hole n there aint no light in the other side.

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    1. There will always be hope for Mexico.

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  11. Its been said Michoacan is the soul of Mexico. And all sickness, is a sickness of the soul.

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    1. Michoacan is known as the soul of mexico. like nevada is the silver state...

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  12. Mexico will get better for the politcos and the cartels, and continue to walk over the people because the people will not fight

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  13. bb why did you guys take out the cartel pand article?

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