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Good news from the Mexican State of Michoacán: Mexico's Federal Government, the Government of the State of Michoacán, and local citizens' self-defense groups, known as autodefensas or vigilantes, have signed an agreement which legitimizes the autodefensas and incorporates them into the institutional security forces.

After the signing of the integration agreement. Fausto Vallejo and Alfredo Castillo Cervantes.
The agreement establishes the objective of "rebuilding peace and order using a holistic approach encompassing social, economic and cultural aspects, using all legal tools and mechanisms to achieve a lasting and stable environment", according to a statement from the Interior Ministry.

The autodefensas will be integrated into the Rural Defense Corps (Cuerpos de Defensa Rurales). The leaders of the various autodefensa groups must submit lists of their members, which are turned over to the local police.

"This agreement is the first decisive step to complete the strategy for security and development, to restore normality to Michoacán," said Alfredo Castillo Cervantes, Commissioner for Security and Integral Development of Michoacán.

The signers were Castillo Cervantes, Commissioner of Federal Police, Enrique Galindo Ceballos,  Fausto Vallejo Figueroa, Governor of the State of Michoacán, Maria Elena Morera de Galindo, President of Citizens for Common Cause (Ciudadanos por una Causa en Común), and representatives of the communities of Churumuco de Morelos, Nueva Italia de Ruiz, La Huacana, Parácuaro, Tancítaro, Cualcomán de Vázquez Pallares, Aquila and Coahuayana de Hidalgo.

The provisions of the agreement:

  1. The Rural Defense Corps will be under the control of the Ministry of National Defense, and the autodefensas are to be temporary.
  2. The autodefensas may be part of municipal police provided that they meet legal requirements and have the endorsement of the local city council.
  3. The autodefensas must register their weapons. The National Public Security System or the Department of National Defence is obligated to provide them with the necessary tools for communication, transportation and operation.
  4. Municipalities involved in the conflict with the narco-terrorists must conduct an audit of the use of public resources.
  5. The full weight of the law will be applied to municipal and state public servants who have criminal or administrative liability.

This article was translated from an article in La Jornada by NOTIMEX and Ciro Perez: Gobierno y autodefensas firman acuerdo contra crimen organizado

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  •  Thanks for the catch. (2+ / 0-)
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    Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Wee Mama on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 07:39:08 AM PST

  •  A prime example of why every citizen needs the (1+ / 0-)
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    right to self defence, even and including firearms.

    These people were left with no one but themselves to protect their families and their communities. The Narcos take over towns and run wild.

    “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

    by ban nock on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 08:12:45 AM PST

    •  "Every" citizen? (0+ / 0-)

      Including mentally ill ones? And convicted criminals?

      Leave it to you gun nuts to take a serious situation and twist it to support your agenda.

      •  I reject your characterization of me as being (0+ / 0-)

        mentally unstable and suggest it's probably against the site rules. You are certainly free, indeed welcome to disagree, but please don't name call or say that I am a nut.

        Thank You.

        “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

        by ban nock on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 09:20:14 AM PST

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        •  You missed the point of the article (2+ / 0-)
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          When the autodefensas signed on to this agreement, it was a recognition on their part that people who carry guns in public should undergo training, and be answerable to some sort of authority. To put it another way, the don't want George Zimmermans going around their towns shooting people.

          •  I did notice that. It was an attempt by the (0+ / 0-)

            govt to gain control over a movement for local self defence because the police and the army weren't up to the job. When govt doesn't perform it's most basic function of keeping people safe they are in a lot of trouble.

            “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

            by ban nock on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 10:27:07 AM PST

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  •  In many areas of Mexico members of the police are (2+ / 0-)
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    on the payroll of the drug cartels so this agreement potentially gives the cartel the names and addresses of all their sworn enemies. How thoughtful.

    Life is just a bowl of Cherries, that stain your hands and clothes and have pits that break your teeth.

    by OHdog on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 09:43:30 AM PST

    •  That was my first thought, too... (1+ / 0-)
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      Great article at the Guardian site about the movement.

      http://www.theguardian.com/...

      Sitting on a bench in the main city square one morning this week with the Tierra Caliente's infamous heat yet to kick in, a fruit vendor calling herself Blanche said she had received a call last week threatening to kill her and her family if they supported the vigilantes.

      "We are still too frightened to support them in Apatzingán," she said in hushed hurried tones, terrified of what might happen when the federal forces leave, as they will at some point. But, she admitted, there was one difference – before she wouldn't have spoken at all.

      Sometimes anonymity does serve the greater good.

      Join Essa in a revolt against the gods. Continue the fight, Causality.

      by rbird on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 12:18:08 PM PST

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