ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Hundreds of armed vigilantes have taken control of a town on a major highway in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero, arresting local police officers and searching homes after a vigilante leader was killed. Several opened fire on a car of Mexican tourists headed to the beach for Easter week. (Much of this via Borderland Beat is from NYT, hence the bias. – ST)
Members of the area’s self-described “community police” say more than 1,500 members of the force were stopping traffic Wednesday at improvised checkpoints in the town of Tierra Colorado, which sits the highway connecting Mexico City to Acapulco. They arrested 12 police and the former director of public security in the town after a leader of the state’s vigilante movement was slain on Monday.
A tourist heading to the beach with relatives was slightly wounded Tuesday after they refused to stop at a roadblock and vigilantes fired shots at the car, officials said.
That’s what happens when you run checkpoints in dangerous areas, where community police are having to fight against narcoterrorist cartels and a violently corrupt government.
The vigilantes accuse the ex-security director of participating in the killing of vigilante leader Guadalupe Quinones Carbajal, 28, on behalf of local organized crime groups and dumping his body in a nearby town on Monday. They reported seizing several high-powered rifles from his car, and vigilantes were seen toting a number of sophisticated assault rifles on Wednesday, although it was not clear if all had been taken from the ex-security director’s car.
Sophisticated assault rifles?
They know what’s up.
“We have besieged the municipality, because here criminals operate with impunity in broad daylight, in the view of municipal authorities. We have detained the director of public security because he is involved with this criminals and he knows who killed our commander,” said Bruno Placido Valerio, a spokesman for the vigilante group.
No matter how many times Placido states it and talks about the violence and corruption, the left will not get behind people fighting against corrupt governments and dictators, as evidenced by the Obama administration’s support of Zelaya in Honduras, and the NYT’s bias in the story.
Placido said vigilantes had searched a number of homes in the town and seized drugs from some. They turned over the ex-security director and police officers to state prosecutors, who agreed to investigate their alleged ties to organized crime.
The growing movement of “self-defense” vigilante groups has seen masked townspeople throw up checkpoints in several parts of southern and western Mexico, stopping passing motorists to search for weapons or people whose names are on hand-written lists of “suspects” wanted for crimes like theft and extortion.
If their government wasn’t composed of criminals, they could stay home and all be farmers and merchants and enjoy life.
The groups say they are fighting violence, kidnappings and extortions carried out by drug cartels, but concerns have surfaced that the vigilantes may be violating the law, the human rights of people they detain, or even cooperating with criminals in some cases.
And here the leftism shows up again. Better to have everyone at the mercy of narcoterrorists and corrupt government tyrants than to have the people stand up for themselves. “The law” means nothing where they live, and they’ve reasoned correctly that detaining someone wrongly is better than being beheaded.
Which criminals are they cooperating with, the police or the state government? The situation is abysmal because no one will address it. The people are doing what they must do for themselves – no one else will do it. Maybe a rare few are working with criminals, but more likely the government is just accusing them so they can be targeted later.
Sensitive over their lack of ability to enforce public safety in rural areas, official have largely tolerated vigilante groups.
Officials in Mexico have no authority anywhere, don’t care, and don’t serve or protect.
The people are sick of being terrorized by their own government and the cartels, and they’re using their natural rights to fight back.