On Monday March 25th volunteer community forces took control of a town on a highway in the state of Guerrero, Mexico. Numbering in the hundreds, they arrested local police officers and searched homes after one of their leaders was killed.
The self-described “community police” were stopping traffic Wednesday at improvised checkpoints in the town of Tierra Colorado. The Associated Press reported that several of these men opened fire on a car headed to the beach. They arrested 12 police and the former director of public security in response to the slain leader.
Corruption and violence have run rampant while the Mexican government has struggled to come up with solutions.
The President of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto, has promised to focus more on the robberies, extortion and violence that affect ordinary Mexicans. While the government is attempting to focus on local policing matter, the citizens are not sitting around waiting for help.
In El Mezon, a Mixtec indigenous village75 miles northeast of Acapulco, the people have taken to creating their own community protection. In an article on the GlobalPost, Evert Castro, a municipal councilman ,says:
“The federal and state governments haven’t been able to do anything, And we don’t have the capacity to fight these criminals. So the people got tired and decided to act on their own. We see this as a good thing.”
The Tlachinollan human rights organization spoke positively of the rise in community protection agencies. According to the groups website, “The justice system is neither efficient nor trustworthy. This is one of the fundamental reasons why the strategy against organized crime has failed.”
more here: http://intellihub.com/2013/03/30/agorism-rises-in-mexico-as-corrupt-officials-are-arrested-by-militias/