Emboldened by the Mexican Army and certain regional authorities, young men in a remote location in the State of Guerrero, in far southern Mexico have decided to take up arms against residual groups of cartel members who have been tormenting some significant villages and agricultural and seafood production areas. The first thing that was done? The relaxation of the idiotic gun laws for a number of contiguous counties in the State, and the call for a militia of civilians to formalise their already operational resistance to the bandit/extortionists.
They youngsters have been given a point of administrative connexion to the Mexican Army and they have been authorised to exercise powers normally reserved to the constabulary. They have been authorised to inspect traffic entering their communities, to board busses, and to serve arrest warrants....using any necessary force to bring such individuals before the bench.
Most of the miscreants are left-overs slugs from the semi-organised band that were loosely incorporated into one of two different cartels (the "Caballeros Templares" [knights templar] and the cartel de Michoacan/Sinaloa). Both of these groups were fighting over the control of the area and both were severely degraded during the past two years. The centre of operations was around Apatzingan, Michoacan, somewhat near the zone of activity under discussion here, but in the State of Guerrero.
BUT....this is not the really big news. What is interesting is the reaction of the people in the area and throughout the Region. What is telling is one Mexican's writing in to the newspaper with these comments....