hipólito mora

crime & drugs

The Vigilante Protagonist of an Oscar-Nominated Drug War Movie Speaks From Jail

The documentary Cartel Land portrays José Manuel Mireles as a flawed hero who stood up to one of Mexico's most barbarous drug cartels, but who also succumbed to the temptation of abusing his new power.
Nathaniel Janowitz
2.4.16
News

We Talked to One of Mexico's Leading Vigilantes

The former leader of a group of vigilantes in Mexico has just been released from prison, and is now eyeing a career in politics. VICE News speaks with Hipólito Mora about life after his release.
VICE News
8.27.15
americas

Town Booted Out Mexico’s Political Parties, But Now Some Residents Want Them Back

Yearning for a return to the 'bad old days,' some people in Cheran, Michoacan, say the town's high council is as corrupt as the political parties of before. Dissidents accuse council leaders of old-fashioned vote-buying.
Melissa del Pozo
5.18.15
mexico

From Prison to Politics: Mexico's Hot Land (Dispatch 4)

The former leader of a group of vigilantes in Mexico has just been released from prison, and is now eyeing a career in politics. VICE News speaks with Hipólito Mora about life after his release.
VICE News
3.12.15
americas

Mexico Releases Michoacan Vigilante Leader Involved in Fatal Gun Fight With Rival Militia

Hipólito Mora's December gun fight with his rival "El Americano" lasted two hours, leaving 11 dead, including his 32-year-old son. Mora's name is also being floated as a potential candidate for Congress.
Andrea Noel
3.10.15
americas

Michoacan, Mexico, Breaks Bad — Again — After Shootout Between Rival Militias Kills 11

The son of the founder of the first civilian militia in Michoacan is among the victims. One parish priest tells us: "We used to know who the bad guys were. Now we don't."
David Agren
12.18.14
self-defense units

Mexico’s Self-Defense Militias Follow Cartels Into Deadly Internal Conflict

Mexican "autodefensa" groups were founded to protect citizens from drug cartel violence. Now they too have descended into bloodshed.
VICE News
3.14.14