I have been getting daily emails from Foreign Policy magazine that I don’t read, and I was about to cancel them, when instead I decided to read one instead. Glad I did! There were lots of interesting international news stories I wouldn’t usually hear about, and this was the one that caught my eye the most: Mexican vigilantes set aside masks, checkpoints (Miami Herald).
Did you know that there were masked Mexican vigilantes armed with old, small-caliber weapons (Mexico has tight gun-control laws, so only the cartels and police are well-armed) had been setting up their own checkpoints to try and combat crime? I did not. It makes a lot of sense, though. Read the whole article for a description of the history, nature, and future of Mexico’s diverse and controversial vigilante groups. (Image from FoxNews.)
1 thought on “Miami Herald: Evolution of Mexican Vigilantes”
I hadn’t known this, but when it’s so bad that the local authorities (or even national authorities) can’t/won’t handle the problem it is up to the population. I could see this working properly in a few areas in the US but I don’t know that the local population of those areas would support it all that well. It’s got to come from the locals really.
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