I call them “citizen militias. Members and supporters call them “autodefensas.” America’s mainstream media calls them “vigilantes.” Wikipedia calls them “paramilitaries.” The Mexican government calls them “the enemy.” Not because the citizens who’ve taken-up arms against cartel rape, torture, murder, extortion and intimidation and police, military and government corruption are violating Mexico’s gun laws – which they are. It’s because the autodefensas threaten the status quo. In other words, it’s all about the money, money, money. With the arrest of Dr. José Mireles and other AD leaders, sh*t’s getting real. Here’s a borderlandbeat.com story of a standoff between autodefensas and the government where both sides are holding prisoners. Where’s the American media on this . . .
Residents of Buenavista Tomatlán, Michoacán have detained (since Monday night, July 14) 12 policemen; 10 of them federal and two ministerial, demanding the release of their relatives and fellow autodefensas of Buenavista and La Ruana, imprisoned since February 2013. They ensure that the policemen will not be released until they liberate those who are still imprisoned.
It is important to note that although some mass media have said that this is a protest against the arrest of an autodefensa group led by Dr. José Manuel Mireles at the port of Lazaro Cardenas, the protesters refer to the arrests that occurred a year ago when the fight against organized crime was just beginning.
The gun registry agreement signed with Commissioner Alfredo Castillo, the latter promised to review the cases and release the detainees who don’t have any other felonies other than carrying a weapon for self-defense. This has not happened, so now the people of Buenavista are requiring him to keep his word.