Self-defense groups continue to show force in Mexico

05/17/19 (written by kheinle) — The Mexican Government’s ongoing battle to quell self-defense groups (grúpos de autodefensa) continues to make news. Such groups rose in 2013 and 2014 when community members took up arms to protect their communities. They quickly turned, however, into a three-front battle between such groups, organized crime groups, and government forces. […]

73 members of Michoacán self-defense group, including leader, to stand trial on weapons charges

07/26/14 (written by cmolzahn and lcalderón) — A federal judge based in Michoacán issued indictments for 72 former members of a Michoacán self-defense group (grupos de autodefensa) arrested on June 27, alongside José Juan Mireles, the former leader of the Tepalacatepec self-defense group and widely recognized as the face of the self-defense movement in Michoacán. […]

Self-defense group leader José Manuel Mireles arrested

06/30/14 (written by dpera) — On Friday, June 27, José Manuel Mireles, the former leader of the Tepalacatepec self-defense group (grupo de autodefensa) and widely known as the face of the self-defense movement in Michoacán, was arrested for carrying military-level weapons. A joint operation by the Federal Police (Policía Federal, PF), Navy (Secretaría de Marina, […]

Authorities arrest more than 110 suspected criminals posing as members of self-defense groups in Michoacán

04/25/14 (written by apiña) — The long suspected concern that Mexico’s self-defense groups (grupos de autodefensa) were potentially being infiltrated by criminals and cartel members has recently been validated. Authorities claim that through a number of operations and arrests, they have now detained over 110 criminals posing as vigilantes within the last 30 days in […]

Self-defense groups agree to disarm or officially join “Rural Defense Corps” in Michoacán by May 2014

04/15/14 (written by apiña) — Michoacán’s Security Commissioner Alfredo Castillo Cervantes, alongside Mexico’s Interior Minister Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, announced on April 4 that self-defense groups (grupos de autodefensas) have agreed to disarm by May 10, 2014. The communication comes after the eight-point pact in late January solidifying an agreement between the federal government and […]