Monday, June 27, 2016

At 2 Years in Prison, Mireles Says He Hasn’t Lost Faith





Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat
 


Almost two years after his arrest, José Manuel Mireles argues that the autodefensas didn’t have any other choice but to take up arms to fight against organized crime in Michoacán.

“Those responsible for the violence in Michoacán are the organized crime cartels.  Who dictated our way of fighting, was them; we didn’t have any other choice but to respond in the same way, fire with fire,” he said in a message recorded from prison.

 “We couldn’t go up against a horde of well-armed murderers, and us with clean hands.”

The former spokesman of the General Council of Autodefensas in Michoacán noted that for over 12 years, the government’s fight against crime didn’t give results.

He believed that when the law contravenes with justice, justice must prevail no matter if it comes from the people.

“That is why the autodefensas face off against crime and that is why some of us are prisoners, but we have no doubt that at the end of our judgements, truth and justice will prevail, because fixing this kind of slavery is the highest aspiration of all social fighters,” he said.

For the activist, imprisoned since June 27, 2014, the struggle of armed civilians prevented another generation of children and youths from finish their days enslaved to organized crime or in prison.

The message was released during a rally that was held on Friday in downtown Morelia to demand the release of the fellow surgeon who took up arms in 2013.

Mireles was arrested after entering the community of La Mira, in the municipality of Lázaro Cárdenas, with his men, in order to take control of security against the criminal siege of Los Caballeros Templarios.

The activist was charged with crimes against health and the Federal Law on Firearms and Explosives, being held in the maximum security prison in Hermosillo, Sonora.


Last March, the federal government rejected a defense request to relocate the doctor to the state prison Mil Cumbres, arguing that the detainee is listed as a high risk prisoner.

“The Autodefensas are an endangered race.  We are a generation of people who believe that there are higher values in life that are higher than life itself, such as the homeland, family, and freedom.”

“The work of all social fighters is to be with the people, among the people, not behind bars,” Mireles said in a recorded message from prison.

Source: El Mañana

27 comments:

  1. I thought he's lawyer said the doctor is free by now. No ?

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    1. No, should be true but NO.

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  2. I am more interested in the good people of Michoacan than the basura que pusieron mugrero en mi comunidad. Hell, we need Mireles in Methifornia

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  3. Dr Mireles y el Mencho en la union esta la fuerza .

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  4. Hope he gets out soon, I'd be good to see some politicians in his place

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    1. They will not let him out

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  5. It's incredible that there is no right to self defense in Mexico.

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    1. Self defense is only a right on paper.

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  6. Good documentary on Netflix on him

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  7. Isn't Dr. Mireles supposed to be released soon (again)?

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  8. Im sorry,but if Dr Mireles is freed he cannot stay in Michoacan,possibly Mexico.How many ADs have been killed in the street?Dudes sauntering up cappin them and jump in the truck and gone,no investigation,no captures,no real outcry,just another political murder.But Mireles has paid with his life.
    Think hes paid enough already for trying to do the right thing,most right thinking people would back his actions in the face of unopposed CT brutalities .
    Either way lest hope he get out of jug and lives a somewhat strife free life,or whatever he feels he has to do,unencumbered ?

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  9. VIva Dr Mireles !
    VIva La Raza .........todos nosotros necisitamos mas hombres y mujeres como esta persona.......Manos Arriba , AHORA !! Basta Basta Basta......
    FUERA EPN !

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  10. I wonder if Dr Mireles wold be able to do everything he did in Mexico and be a free man if he was in the United States?

    I think Mireles was his own worst enemy.

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    1. 4:28 you would not be able to preach your bullshit in public in mexico or on the US, because somebody would punch you on the snout and kick you on the ass, garranteed...

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  11. Mireles went wrong when he let his right hand man known as papa smurf run things. Which was after he was recovering after his airplane assassination attempt which Sr. More les survived.

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  12. Does anyone know the laws regarding owning handguns and hunting rifles in Mexico?

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    1. Yeah, basically you get up to .380 max on handguns and .22 rifle, there are rare cases of .357 Magnum and old .44 carbines. You can also have up to 12 gauge shottys. The thing is it's hard at to get license and you can't ride with it in a vehicle, only with transportation permit and with some restrictions.

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  13. A hero for the complacent Mexican.Wake the FUp.

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    1. That's well described 7:15-A hero for the complacent Mexican.Well the Dr. did say in his speech that was read at protests for his 2 year imprisonment that people should put freedom and family before life.

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  14. Arturo Beltran Leyva part 3??????

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  15. Can somebody tell me what he did to deserve incarceration? Todo aquel que es delicado siempre pelea por su raza...

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  16. What has happened to Tuta the puta and his garbage family ?

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  17. He should be given a medal, not put in prison

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    1. 5:56 the medals are only for mexican businessmen, noatte if they made their fortunes as drug traffickers or stole from the public trough...and worse, according to federal senator Layda sansores

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  18. Why did Mireles trust EPN's gov't to do right by him? Everyone knows the Mexican Gov't cannot be trusted, even Kate del Castillo refused to go to Mexico to be questioned by them cuz she said she doesn't trust them.

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    1. 3:03 you could blame an "absence of malice" in Dr Mireles...

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