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Mexico cartel dominates, torches western state

 In this May 20, 2013 photo, armed men belonging to a local self-defense group patrol near the town of Cualcoman, Mexico. Self-defense groups started ...
 In this May 20, 2013 photo, a man on a motorcycle drives past the burnt-out hulks of two trucks and a passenger bus, allegedly torched by the Knights...
 In this May 19, 2013 photo, a mask and spikes for puncturing tires lay next to the feet of armed men from a local self-defense group as they ride in ...
 In this May 20, 2013 photo, residents cheer as soldiers enter the town of La Ruana, Mexico. Self-defense groups started to spring up in February to f...
 In this May 20, 2013 photo, armed men belonging to a local self-defense group patrol the entrance to the town of Buenavista, Mexico. Self-defense gro...
 In this May 20, 2013 photo, a masked and armed man belonging to a local self-defense group stands guard in the town of Cuemalco, Mexico. Self-defense...
 In this May 19, 2013 photo, an armed man belonging to a local self-defense group stands at the entrance of the town of La Ruana, Mexico. Self-defense...
 In this May 20, 2013 photo, men belonging to a local self-defense group enter a ranch to recover cattle allegedly stolen by the Knights Templar drug ...
 In this May 20, 2013 photo, an armed man belonging to a local self-defense group patrols from the back of a pick-up truck in the town of Buenavista, ...
 In this May 20, 2013 photo, an armed man from a local self-defense group stands with his weapon at the entrance of the town of Buenavista, Mexico. Se...
 In this May 20, 2013 photo, a masked youth stands guard at the entrance of the town of Buenavista, Mexico.  Self-defense groups started to spring up ...
 In this May 20, 2013 photo, armed men belonging to a local self-defense group stand guard as a vehicle approaches at the entrance of the town of Cual...
 In this May 19, 2013 photo, armed men belonging to a local self-defense group guard the entrance of the town of La Ruana, Mexico. Self-defense groups...
 In this May 19, 2013 photo, Hipolito Mora, leader of a local self-defense movement, stands with a side-arm as residents protest extortion fees and ki...

Mexico Drug War

In this May 20, 2013 photo, armed men belonging to a local self-defense group patrol near the town of Cualcoman, Mexico. Self-defense groups started ...

Mexico Drug War

In this May 20, 2013 photo, a man on a motorcycle drives past the burnt-out hulks of two trucks and a passenger bus, allegedly torched by the Knights...

APTOPIX Mexico Drug War

In this May 19, 2013 photo, a mask and spikes for puncturing tires lay next to the feet of armed men from a local self-defense group as they ride in ...

Mexico Drug War

In this May 20, 2013 photo, residents cheer as soldiers enter the town of La Ruana, Mexico. Self-defense groups started to spring up in February to f...

Mexico Drug War

In this May 20, 2013 photo, armed men belonging to a local self-defense group patrol the entrance to the town of Buenavista, Mexico. Self-defense gro...

Mexico Drug War

In this May 20, 2013 photo, a masked and armed man belonging to a local self-defense group stands guard in the town of Cuemalco, Mexico. Self-defense...

Mexico Drug War

In this May 19, 2013 photo, an armed man belonging to a local self-defense group stands at the entrance of the town of La Ruana, Mexico. Self-defense...

APTOPIX Mexico Drug War

In this May 20, 2013 photo, men belonging to a local self-defense group enter a ranch to recover cattle allegedly stolen by the Knights Templar drug ...

Mexico Drug War

In this May 20, 2013 photo, an armed man belonging to a local self-defense group patrols from the back of a pick-up truck in the town of Buenavista, ...

Mexico Drug War

In this May 20, 2013 photo, an armed man from a local self-defense group stands with his weapon at the entrance of the town of Buenavista, Mexico. Se...

Mexico Drug War

In this May 20, 2013 photo, a masked youth stands guard at the entrance of the town of Buenavista, Mexico. Self-defense groups started to spring up ...

Mexico Drug War

In this May 20, 2013 photo, armed men belonging to a local self-defense group stand guard as a vehicle approaches at the entrance of the town of Cual...

Mexico Drug War

In this May 19, 2013 photo, armed men belonging to a local self-defense group guard the entrance of the town of La Ruana, Mexico. Self-defense groups...

Mexico Drug War

In this May 19, 2013 photo, Hipolito Mora, leader of a local self-defense movement, stands with a side-arm as residents protest extortion fees and ki...

The western Mexico state of Michoacan is burning. A drug cartel that takes its name from an ancient monastic order has set fire to lumber yards, packing plants and passenger buses in a medieval-like reign of terror.
The Knights Templar cartel is extorting protection from all sorts of businesses, prompting a backlash in the western agricultural state. Some communities are taking up arms in vigilante patrols.
Help finally arrived on Sunday when thousands of federal troops rolled in. But the offensive looks a lot like failed operations launched by previous President Felipe Calderon, who started his first assault on organized crime in Michoacan shortly after taking office in 2006.
Calderon was trying to stop cartels from morphing into mafias controlling all segments of society. But that's exactly what has happened.


Updated : 2021-06-24 10:29 GMT+08:00