Civil war in Mexico: how ordinary citizens are attacked by drug cartels

In 2006 the Mexican government declared war on drug cartels. Criminal clans controlled whole regions of the country and dealt with all dissent. Stroke victims were in the hundreds of thousands. But the destruction of the mafia is hampered by corruption and connections cartels in the higher echelons of power.

Ordinary Mexicans had two choices: to accept or to take up arms. They chose the latter. The result of the inaction of the authorities was the movement autodefensa, namely, in an open war with the bandits.

Civil war in Mexico: how ordinary citizens are attacked by drug cartels

The strategic advantage of the militia was to support local residents. Tactically they have won at the expense of agility, determination and mutual support. Once to the headquarters of the resistance came in the store or in the house gathered the bandits, quickly traveled there numerous armed groups.

Civil war in Mexico: how ordinary citizens are attacked by drug cartelsFighters of one of the Mexican cartels

This files most often against a dozen militants of the cartels, the militia put up hundreds of their fighters. The outcome of such clashes clear. Simple peasants, servants and workers were arrested bandits, and those who resisted, were shot.

Civil war in Mexico: how ordinary citizens are attacked by drug cartelsA detachment of the national police together with the police

During operations the militias and perpetrators of the crime. They were beaten, killed and kidnapped suspected links with drug cartels. Often autodefensa crossed the line and attacked military or police. They did it for weapons. Soldiers and police have assault rifles and pistols, but their work they do not want to. So the authorities should give their weapons to those who are willing to use it.

A living symbol autodefensa, was Jose Manuel Valverde Mirelson from the state of Michoacan. In 1988, Mr. Morales went to prison for trying to sell 100 kilos of marijuana. In jail he became the leader of one of the prison gangs. After serving two years was released and went straight. Mireles had a medical education and became a practicing doctor. In addition to the paid sick he took the poor neighbors to pay which was nothing. Due to this, Dr. Mireles used in the district in high esteem.

Civil war in Mexico: how ordinary citizens are attacked by drug cartels

In 2000-ies in the state of Michoacan, the power gained by the mafia, earning on the production and sale of drugs. For several years, the bandits have grown together with the local authorities and made a real mess.

In 2005, the Michoacan family drug cartel kidnapped Mireles for ransom. But the doctor suffered. To fight the bandits in the next RAID killed several of his relatives.

In February 2013, Valverde Mireles headed "Council Civil defence groups and communities of michoacán". At your own risk he went through the cities and villages and tried to persuade ordinary Mexicans to fight the drug cartels. The authority and oratorical gifts of Dr. did the trick. Two months into the ranks of self-defense has recorded several thousand people.

By 2014, "the army" Mireles was 10 thousand soldiers, who drove from the state of the cartel "Knights Templar". The militia suddenly broke into the city, arrested, and, if necessary, kill bandits. When people Mireles detained leaders, "the knights Templar" has virtually ceased to exist and broke up into small groups.

The RAID detachments autodefensa:

Civil war in Mexico: how ordinary citizens are attacked by drug cartels

Civil war in Mexico: how ordinary citizens are attacked by drug cartels

An example of Dr. Valverde has inspired the Mexicans tired of rampant crime. The self-defense groups took control of 13 of the 31 States of the country. The growing influence and application Mireles that in the country there is a revolution scared the Mexican government. Oil to fire was added also by the tens of thousands of armed merchants, workers, farmers and students gathered under the command of Valverde. They represented to the regime potential danger.

In 2014, Mexican President peña Nieto has enacted laws against the people's militia. In all media they were called criminals, and a bunch of thugs who hide behind noble slogans. Although corrupt government and their inaction caused people to take up arms on them persecution. Mexican officials began to divide the movement from within.

Civil war in Mexico: how ordinary citizens are attacked by drug cartels

Mireles Valverde calls for continuation of the fight against cartels and corrupt authorities

The militia was offered to join the rural police, which was supposed a small salary and benefits. Many poor Mexicans agreed and got out of control Mireles. The leaders suggested that the mayors, members of Congress and commissioners of police. From such prospects refused the unit, including myself Mireles. In June 2014, Dr. Valverde was arrested for illegal possession of weapons, which he allegedly stole from the military.

Civil war in Mexico: how ordinary citizens are attacked by drug cartels

By the time of the movement he created had nothing left. From prison Mireles was released only in 2017 and was acquitted on all counts. In 2018, the Mexican government announced that the war with the cartels won, now only the criminals have not gone away. They continue to produce drugs and has contacted the police, prosecutors and officials.

In an interview, Valverde said that the situation in Mexico worse than before his arrest. Talking about this huge profits of the cartels. When the police goes to the house of Mexican drug lords in them, find the Golden weapons, rooms filled with money, Pets zoos with lions, bears and tigers.

Keywords: Cartels | Mexico | Drug | Crime

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