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Monday, July 9, 2012

Conflict in Cheran heats up with two kidnapped

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By Chris Covert

Two villagers from Cheran municipality were kidnapped Sunday as an ongoing conflict in a remote mountain municipality in Michoacan state has heated up again, according to Mexican news accounts.

A news report posted on the website of El Sol de Zacatecas news daily said that Urbano Macias Rafael, 48, and Guadalupe Geronimo Velazquez,  28, had gone to a location north of the plains of Carichero to retrieve cattle when masked armed suspects abducted them.

A telephone call was received by family members that day from individuals claiming to be from El Cerecito claiming responsibility for the abduction.

According to the article, a member of the Cheran municipal council said the reaction of villagers in Cheran was immediate.   Trinidad Ninís Pahuamba claimed she and other Cheran municipal officials have been holed up in the town hall, the building cordoned off by local villagers and family members of the kidnap victims ,who are refusing to allow them to leave.  Michoacan state governor's office and the Michoacan state Secretaria de Gobierno (SEGOB) had been contacted, but no response has yet been received.

Villages in Cheran have fought a variously hot-cold conflict, the issues of which surrounds charges of illegal logging by the villagers of El Cerecito and a nexus with organized crime, and accusations of criminal conduct by Cheran villagers including illegal road tolls, car theft, carjacking, kidnapping and petty theft.

Last April the conflict went hot as a total of eight individuals were killed, six from El Cerecito and two from Cheran.  The state government of Michoacan has intervened several times in the last six months to bring resolution to some of the conflict.

Both communities are remote mountain indigenous Indian communities.  A federal presence exists in the area in the form of Policia Federal road patrols.

Michoacan state is one of the most heavily fortified states in Mexico with a total of 8,000 Mexican Army troops deployed in the state since March, 2012.

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for


  1. There is no point in fighting anymore. The Z are going to over throw the govt.

  2. Update: They were found dead.

  3. So who's fighting who up there? Z vs Knights templar?

    BAggy - having sign in issues........

  4. the kidnappers killed my cousin guadalupe they burn his hand his legs he got shot three times one in the heart two in the shoulders he was beaten with guns etc. he left two kids one boy and one in the wound. what kind of people do this, if the goverment dont take action the city of chearn will.To many lifes are taken away due cartels.!!!!!!

  5. Other ethnic groups in the area are being paid to cut down the forest, the Cheran peoples sustenance, to plant pot and amapola. The government does not take action. There have been several murders and kidnappings, in fact, there was a kidnapping attempt during the funeral for one of the two comuneros. Also, the state wants to build a highway through native community lands and wont pay the people for the land they want to take.

  6. July 12, 2012 1:26 PM
    "the kidnappers killed my cousin guadalupe"
    "if the goverment dont take action the city of chearn will"
    If there is no one to help protect you,you may have to arm yourselves?I know it is easier said then done.Arm yourselves,the young men,keep in shape as a group to build up your commitment to each other.You should know your ground,train to fire weapons properly.Copy a little bit,how armys do it.
    Take it very seriously,as many as you can,and have rules to train by.You cannot joke around with this stuff,you know what you may have to do.You or them.If there is no one else?
    Senore,i hope it don't have to come to this.

  7. Take action in your own hands.rather die standing on my feet then die on my knees


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