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Fighting Mexico's Knights Templar Cartel

Tired of shakedowns, kidnappings, and violence, a group of Mexican farmers and businessmen have taken matters into their own hands.

Exactly a year ago today, February 24, 2013, in "Tierra Caliente," Michoacán, a group of farmers and businessmen in two communities organized themselves to take up arms against the Knights Templar drug cartel. Tired of the absence of the rule of law, the lack of governability, and persistent corruption, they took matters into their hands and formed what they called "autodefensa" militias in towns of Tepalcatepec and La Ruana. In January, we returned to meet the militia leaders, to find out what is happening today in the region known as the Hot Land.


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