Thousands of Armed Vigilantes Takeover Mexican Town

Alex Gore, Daily Mail (London), March 28, 2013

Thousands of armed vigilantes have taken over a town in Mexico and arrested police officers after their ‘commander’ was killed and dumped in the street.

The self described ‘community police’ and arrested 12 officers and the town’s former director of public security, who they accuse of taking part in the killing of Guadalupe Quinones Carbajal, 28, on behalf of a local organised crime group.

The 1,500-strong force has also set up improvised checkpoints on the major road running through Tierra Colorado, which connects the capital Mexico City to Acapulco, a coastal city popular with tourists less than 40 miles away.

A tourist heading to the beach with relatives for the Easter weekend was injured on Tuesday after the vigilantes opened fire on his car because he refused to stop at a roadblock.

The takeover comes amid a growing movement of ‘self defence’ groups in the region, which claim to be fighting against drug cartels.

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The town is home to around 20,000 people and at least 2,000 civilians are thought to have fled.

The Tierra Colorado vigilantes have also been searching people’s homes and are reported to have seized drugs from some properties.

The arrested former security official and police officers have been handed over to state prosecutors, who agreed to investigate their alleged links to organised crime.

Many of the vigilantes are carrying high-powered assault rifles, which may have been seized from the former security director’s car.

The group’s ‘commander’ Carbajal’s body had been found dumped in the street in a nearby town on Monday.

The force’s spokesman, Bruno Placido Valerio, said: ‘We have besieged the municipality, because here criminals operate with impunity in broad daylight, in view of municipal authorities.

‘We have detained the director of public security because he is involved with criminals and he knows who killed our commander.’

One of those arrested by the group was Juan R. Escudero,police chief of the municipality.

The vigilantes are part of regional umbrella group Union of Peoples and Organizations of Guerrero State.

The Union is made up of residents in Tierra Colorado, as well as neighbouring towns such as Ayutla de los Libres, Teconoapa and San Marcos.

The growing vigilante movement in southern and western Mexico has seen masked groups manning checkpoints and searching vehicles for weapons.

They have also been searching for those named on a hand-written list of people suspected of crimes including theft and extortion.

In February, a pair of tourists from Mexico City were wounded on their way to the beach when they were shot at after refusing to stop at one of the roadblocks.

The vigilantes claim they are fighting violence, kidnap and extortion by drug cartels – but there are fears that the groups are violating human rights of those they detain and cooperating with criminals.

The state itself is home to some of the poorest rural communities in the country and last year had Mexico’s highest murder rate -with 90 per cent of crimes reported as going unsolved or not even investigated.

It has been the scene of bloody fighting between rival drugs gangs bidding for control of the lucrative smuggling routes around the Pacific coast.

More than 70,000 are estimated to have died in drug-related violence across Mexico in the past six years.

Tourism remains an important part of the state’s economy, with the coastal city’s of Acapulco, Taxco and Zihuatanejo dubbed the ‘Triangle of Sun’.

In January, hundreds of armed vigilantes made a series of arrests and imposed curfews in Ayutla de los Libres and Teconoap.

They also manned checkpoints and claimed they had arrested at least 30 suspected criminals.

One of the masked vigilantes said: ‘They kill, extort, rape. You do know if they are drugs dealers, thugs, who want to grab everything.

‘We want to return peace and tranquility to the entire population. Only the people can restore order.’

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  • Tom Iron

    Everything in the right time. When the time is right, we’ll show the mexican vigilantes how it’s really done. After all, we’re Americans.

  • NYB

    One hundred years after Pancho Villa began his bloody vigilante insurgency, nothing has changed in Mexico.
    Mexico will never be Canada.

    • Felix_M

      Mexico will never be Canada.

      But if the traitorous a**holes in Washington get their way with amnesty, the USA will soon be Mexico.

    • IstvanIN

      But Canada will soon be Pakistan!

      • CoweringCoward

        I had to go to Toronto a few years back on business, yes the area is awash in Pakistanis. The folks I was there to meet were all Pakis. I half jokingly made a comment about calling DHS if I saw one pre-cursor chemical to “mother of satan”. My hosts didn’t find my humor, “humorous” in the least, so much so, I really did start looking for IED related stuff. Canada is going to soon be covered in “no-go zones”.

        • robins111

          I wouldn’t worry too much about Canada going off the rails. Most of our problem childen are concentrated in 2 cities, which frankly we would be better off if they flattened.. The asian crowd in Toronto are about 5% Pakistani, 15 % hindu indian, 30% chinese, the rest a mix from all over the place with the largest and growing group of Philipinoes..

  • The__Bobster

    In Mejico, you can’t tell the good guys from the bad guys without a scorecard.

    Wait a minute! They’re ALL bad guys!

  • GM (Australia)

    In the meantime, here in suburban Sydney I purchased some fresh asparagus yesterday and it has really disappointed me to see that it is “Produit Du Mexique” (Exported to Oz by a Californian produce company) After reading the above 3 articles about Mexico I am almost too frightened to touch the stuff!

    • Katherine McChesney

      Wash it well.

  • Lygeia

    Apparently, these self-appointed “community police” are shooting at white tourists.

    This is just lawlessness masquerading as something else.

    They probably want to steal from the drug dealers and are using this as a pretext.

    • Xerxes22

      They refused to stop at a checkpoint so they shot them. Our troops did the same thing in Iraq. I’m not condoning it but that is what happens when you are a tourist in a war zone.

  • bigone4u

    Ole, Senors,Senoras, and lovely Senoritas. Welcome to the real Mexico. Come join us for a taco and a cerveza. What was that, you say, my Norte Americano friends? It is nothing. Do not be concerned. Just another bullet. It missed. Que sera sera. Take care of business? Manana, mi amigos. Manana.

    • Pawcatch

      Seld defense is a human right.I’m glad to see hard working Mexicans fighting corruption.

      • bigone4u

        Me too. I just don’t want to get caught in the cross fire, which is why I’ve crossed Mexico off my vacation list permanently.

  • MobyWhite

    They’ll come here and do the job that White Americans really don’t have the stomach for- ethnic cleansing. Mexicans cleanse Mexicans, so how quickly will they repeat when the enemy is something else?

  • dd121

    I think we will have a similar distopian future. Really folks, the so-called “doomsday preppers” have a point.

  • Cape to Cairo

    I wouldn’t necessarily dismiss this as just Mexicans being Mexicans. Those of us with little military training may end up having to patrol and defend our neighborhoods when the Obama S*** hits the Reality Fan and the orcs run free looking for freebies and white women in our neighborhoods. I say watch these Mexicans and borrow some of their useful procedures.

    • White Mom in WDC

      Right on. It is going to be like Mad Max and the Thunderdome soon.

    • Xerxes22

      Yes. That is our future.

    • Tom Iron

      No one needs military training. This type of thing is in everyone. It used to be done here. There’s a time for peace and a time for war, a time to hate and a time to love.

    • I remember Amren running a story about armed Brazilian vigilantes patrolling some of the worst slums in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, a couple of years ago.

  • brengunn

    More than 70,000 are estimated to have died in drug-related violence across Mexico in the past six years.

    That’s not lawlessness, that’s a war. Surely, the death toll in Afghanistan and Iraq pale in comparison to that. Holy Christ.

    This war is based on control of the drug rackets, it’s fought for the export rights to the US. Were the States to legalize drugs, there would be a rapid shift in Mexico from the hell it is now to a more peaceful society, with more jobs and money due to farming and treating the drugs. It would also lead to a reduction in immigration into America as people wouldn’t need or want to flee the country as the violence no longer exists.

    We need to stop fighting this illogical drug war, prohibition doesn’t work. In fact prohibition is deadly.

    • White Mom in WDC

      Exactly. The war on drugs is profoundly stupid. It is a waste of time, money, and resources. Just legalize drugs, people buy and use them like they are legal anyway

      • MBlanc46

        Absolutely. It would do much to reduce the warfare in the black ghettos, too. As the poster above said, Mexico will never be Canada. But it wasn’t a complete war zone until we started our War on Drugs.

      • CoweringCoward

        The “War on drugs” is just an excuse to fund the “prison industrial complex” and to erode our freedoms to nothing. Now we have added the “war on terror” as a freedom destroying “double threat” to the American people. This is all by design, our rulers know full well the reasons for all they do. 2+ million folks rotting under armed guard, step out of line, the man come and take you away… And now the line has been narrowed and zig-zaged so much, releasing a few balloons or selling milk can put you afoul of several of the millions of “new laws”. As Alex Jones so aptly puts it, the answer to 1984 is 1776!

      • saxonsun

        That’s got my vote. And since we know Prohibition basically created the crime of its day, legalization would go a long way towards erasing much of it.

    • Tim_in_Indiana

      So the problem is not so much one of race, just prohibition? Seems like an odd point of view for a race realist site.

      • brengunn

        Not really, there are obvious differences between the races but that doesn’t mean there aren’t factors that compound those differences. The ‘war against drugs’ being chief among them. Certainly a lot of Mexico’s ills would be solved by a legalisation of drugs and probably many inner city ones, too.

        • Greg Deane

          In any case, there’s still a good many white Mexicans-probably the reason Mexico is a member of the OECD, despite being so dysfunctional.

      • Vyncennt

        A race realist does not attribute every negative event or occurrence to race.

    • Fredrik_H

      I believe that’s about the number that have died in the civil war in Syria.

    • Nathanwartooth

      Not to mention all of the people on welfare that sell drugs on the side.

      There are so many positives to legalizing drugs it’s insane.

      I wish the left would push legalization of drugs as hard as they push gay marriage. I have nothing against gay marriage per se, I just wish they would actually push for something that would help out all Americans.

      • brengunn

        I know, the legalisation of drugs would be one the greatest policy shifts, not just for America or the West but for the whole world and would guarantee hero status for the politician who makes it happen. It really is an outdated view.

        • PesachPatriot

          This is a pretty good point…america tried alcohol prohibition between 1920-1933 and it caused a huge increase in crime as competing gangs of bootleggers competed for money and territory….the reason we have so much drug fueled violence in urban america and on the border today is because unlicensed pharmaceutical salesmen can not resolve business disputes in court, so they resolve them in the streets, frequently killing or injuring innocent bystanders. People should be allowed to smoke, shoot or snort anything they want in the privacy of their own home….those who have serious habits will take themselves out in pretty short order anyway. I find it to be an incredible travesty of justice that BP was allowed to spill billions of gallons of oil into the gulf and got a slap on the wrist, but an 18 year old who sells 20 bucks worth of pot in certain states to an undercover cop at a rock concert can be sentenced to 10 years in jail.

    • Greg Deane

      I don’t think the death tolls pale, but they are certainly comparable. Of course, if US or other allied troops kill the ‘wrong’ people, they are very readily transformed from soldiers to criminals. But these Mexican opportunists are transformed from extortionists to saviours of the people with no questions asked.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      Legalization wouldn’t help; the narco gangs are now into so many other varieties of criminal activity: kidnapping for ransom, sex slavery, extortion, etc. that they’re no longer dependent on the drug trade. Your own use of the term “prohibition” is useful here. Alcohol prohibition in the US ended in 1932, but the Mafia kept going strong for decades afterward, making their living from extortion, prostitution, gambling and the like.

      • brengunn

        Yes, but that was all small fry compared to their profits from the illegal trade in alcohol, so much so that they would come to rely on the sales of illegal drugs in the decades that followed. The same will happen from a legalization of drugs, the gangs will suffer a massive loss of income and eventually be reduced to nothing more than marginalised, local hoodlums.

        I’m surprised you don’t see how important this could be. It would be a truly world changing piece of legislation.

    • K..

      American law enforcement makes billions from drug-related forfeitures every years. Lots of law enforcement jobs depend on the drug prohibition status quo also. As our economy continues to grow worse and tax revenues fall, the huge amounts of money that law enforcement makes off the War and Drugs will only become even more crucial to them. We’ll never see an end to drug prohibition in our lifetimes.

  • brengunn

    I had thought the violence was concentrated in the North near the border. I never knew it was so widespread. They’ve got some real problems there that can only be fixed in Washington.

  • Ralph

    Three cheers for the vigalantes. We need a few White vigalantes in U.S. cities to send a message to Black criminals.

  • Michael_C_Scott

    “High-powered assault rifles”.

    Does the article mean old-school “battle rifles” like the FN-FAL or M-14? I’m a bit curious, because an assault rifle fires an “ntermediate round designed to produce low recoil and thus be controllable while firing full-auto and not “high-powered” ammunition at all.

    Perhaps the article’s author, Alex Gore is simply a leftist shill who knows nothing about firearms and wanted to hit at least a few of the buzzwords. I can think of some he missed: “gun violence”, “cheap plastic machinegun”, “cop-killer bullets”, “think of the babies” and since the author is a Pommie and the photo shows a man holding what appears to be an AR-18 variant, “Widowmaker”, though Gore’s closest approach to Northern Ireland was probably limited to watching a certain trashy Brad Pitt movie. The fellow in the background has a Ruger 10/22, which uses rimfire ammunition. Even the bed-wetting communist hoplophobes haven’t come up with any smear-words for that silly little small game rifle yet because “constant feed jams” associated with the extended magazine (also shown) doesn’t sound menacing.

    If I was one of the uniformed terrorists normally recruited by Mexican police departments, I would be much more worried about a guy with a 30-30 lever action. The “Triente-Triente” is nearly the Mexican national civilian firearm, and its 170-grain flatnosed bullet has a lot of exposed lead in the nose, in order to produce quick, humane kills on large, non-dangerous game animals. It’ll also chop a dime-sized hole into soft body armor. The exit wound isn’t so pretty.

    • Exactly right, Michael C. The term “assault weapon” is nothing more than a media creation, that anti-gun politicians have seized on. Ask them to define what an “assault weapon” is, and you’d get blank stares. Some weapons only LOOK LIKE military firearms, but they can fire no more than one bullet each time the trigger is pulled; just like a revolver, or James Bond’s Walther PPK.

      In fact, Josh Sugarmann of the “Violence Policy Center” actually fostered the idea of creating the confusion surrounding some non-automatic weapons resemblance to machine guns; so as to pimp his ulterior goal of civilian disarmament. He thought that Americans wouldn’t bother trying to find out what the differences were.

    • pawcatch

      That is NOT an ar-18 he is holding.It a FNC 80. 556 variant of the FAL.Probably made in Brazil.Ar18 had a solid folding stock.

      • Michael_C_Scott

        You’re right. I’ve built an FN-FAL and handled an FN-CAL, the FNC’s predecessor, but never handled an FNC. I suppose that in addition to having been out of the firearms hobby for 13 years due to past legal trouble, this somewhat dates me.

  • Dave4088

    This is wait awaits the dingbat, anti-racist/race neutral white race of America. Prepare to be culturally enriched!

  • Bobby

    Butt dumb European-Americans simply cannot comprehend what those Mexican citizens will do to this country when enough of them are here. It’s mindboggling what we are allowing.