Self-defense group leader detained for alleged involvement in murder of “El Pollo”

03/19/14 (written by dsánchez) — The recent arrest of Hipólito Mora Chávez, the leader of the self-defense groups (grupos de autodefensa) in La Ruana, Michoacán, adds to the already precarious security situation that has unfolded in Mexico’s Tierra Caliente region. On Tuesday, March 11, the State’s Attorney General’s Office (Procuraduría General de Justicia del Estado […]

One year after their inception in Michoacán, self-defense groups continue to expand and redefine themselves

02/25/14 (written by cmolzahn) — In the year following the emergence of the so-called self-defense groups (grupos de autodefensa) in Michoacán in February 2013, they have transitioned from fringe groups operating outside the law to last month being folded into the state security apparatus in Michoacán as part of a rural defense group under the […]

Federal government to take control of municipalities in Michoacán as it announces pact to “institutionalize” self-defense groups

01/30/14 – (written by cmolzahn) Almost a year after they began to appear in the Tierra Caliente region of Michoacán to counter the influence of the Knights Templar (Caballeros Templarios) criminal organization, so-called “self-defense groups” (grupos de autodefensa) continued to spread in the troubled region in January, with the stated goal of fencing in the […]

Federal government takes control of municipalities in southern Michoacán as self-defense groups continue their activities

01/19/14 (written by cmolzahn) — Almost a year after they began to appear in the Tierra Caliente region of Michoacán to counter the influence of the Knights Templar (Caballeros Templarios) criminal organization, the so-called “self-defense groups” (grupos de autodefensa) continue to spread in the troubled region, with the stated goal of fencing in the municipality […]

Organized crime-related incidents occur in Michoacán

03/06/17 (written by D. Blanchard and K. Heinle) – Michoacán has witnessed several events in early 2017 surrounding organized crime-related activity that have kept the state in the news. On February 5 in the early hours of the morning, five police officers were kidnapped from their police station in the village of Tizupan, Aquila in […]