This winter, self-defense groups sprang up in Mexico. The illegally armed uprising arose in reaction to drug cartel murder and mayhem, crimes committed with the full cooperation and collusion of local and state police and federal troops. When the self-defense groups replaced local law enforcement (such as it wasn’t), the federal government played kissy-face with the revolutionaries. The federales took-out a few [spare] bad guys and then “requested” that the “vigilantes” disarm. As we reported, the citizen militia told them to pound sand. And now the “fun” begins, so that narco-terror may proceed as normal. Make the jump for a borderlandbeat.com report in Tierra Caliente . . .
Morelia, Michoacán—According to police reports, on April 5th around 22:00 hours, elements of the Navy made the arrest of 13 civilians in the municipality of Múgica which prompted the mobilization of residents of the community, who rang the bells alerting the rest of the population of a tense situation.
People identified as self-defense members of the municipality of Nueva Italia carried out roadblocks on access roads to the county seat; this is because the Mexican Army and the Navy are initiating an operation to disarm the self-defense movement.
So far there are reports that elements of the federal security and army have withdrawn from the municipality of Nueva Italia amid the threat of a confrontation with the population.
The roadblocks are reported on Cuatro Caminos, La Estación and on the exit to Nuevo Conróndiro, where it is also indicated that access and presence of the media has been denied and the entrance of any vehicle, increasing the number of self-defense members at the points where the barricades are at.
According to reports, during the blockades, various members of the self-defense groups have said that their communities will never again be held hostage by criminals, murderers, kidnappers, and extortionists. They denounced the complicity of the authorities with organized crime groups; so that the organized crime groups can take control of the communities again.
Social media announced that on Sunday April 6, federal authorities will attempt to disarm the rest of the self-defense groups of the municipalities of Múgica, Apatzingán and Parácuaro, the self-defense movement will call on the people to demonstrate in defense of the self-defense groups, which could provoke a confrontation because the self-defense groups will refuse to disarm.