jueves, 22 de agosto de 2013

Mexican troops detain "community policemen," free suspects

Following similar action against civilian militias in Michoacán, Mexican troops and marines detained on 21 August 30 member of the "community police" of the district of Ayutla de los Libres in the west-coast state of Guerrero, releasing 20 individuals the militia held in a building for suspected criminal activities. A spokesman for the coordinating body of several local militias CRAC (Coordinadora Regional de Autoridades Comunitarias) Arturo Campos Herrera, told the newspaper Milenio that 600 troops arrived to dismantle the detention centre in the locality of El Paraíso; he said soldiers also arrested that day the coordinator of the community police of the district of Olinalá, Nestora Salgado García. Gonzalo Molina González, a leader of the CRAC for La Montaña, the mountainous zone in Guerrero that includes this district, separately told La Crónica de Hoy that troops did not hesitate to use violence in detaining the community policemen who he added did not resist "to avoid bloodshed." The state has insisted such militias were illegal, while many locals in Guerrero, Michoacán and elsewhere have accused authorities of incompetence in fighting crime or complicity with gangsters in cases. The action prompted the community police forces of the districts of Huamuxtitlán, Olinalá and Tixtla to briefly block local roads that day, although the action was not violent and appeared half-hearted, Milenio reported. Local community police forces were to decide on a course of action on 22 August, La Crónica de Hoy reported. Federal forces evidently had less success in preventing crime in the two states; over 20 were reported killed or found dead following suspected violence in Guerrero and Michoacán on 17 August. Sixteen bodies with torture or shot marks were found dumped or buried in the districts of San Miguel Totolapán and Taxco de Alarcón in Guerrero, and nine bodies found in similar conditions in Buenavista Tomatlán in Michoacán, La Crónica de Hoy and Proceso reported the next day.

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