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Members of community police, acting in this case as vigilantes, stand together after breaking into village of Paracuaro, and taking over, in Michoacan state

Members of the community police, acting in this case as vigilantes, stand together after breaking into the village of Paracuaro, and taking over, in Michoacan state, January 4, 2014. Some 100 gunmen of the community police from different towns, riding in a convoy of trucks entered Paracuaro and disarmed the police to gain control over the town in an effort to rid the area of the Knights Templar cartel (Caballeros Templarios), according to local media. Michoacan has been rocked by repeated explosions of civil unrest in 2013 and vigilante groups have sprung up in the region which complain that state and federal police are not protecting them from the gangs. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez (MEXICO - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Mexican vigilantes struggle against drug cartels

Yahoo News

After months of tacit cooperation with rural vigilantes trying to drive out a cult-like drug cartel, the Mexican government is seeking to permanently solve one of its toughest security problems with a plan to legalize the growing movement and bring it under the army's control.

But the risks are high.

To succeed, the government must enforce military discipline and instill respect for human rights and due process among more than 20,000 heavily armed civilians, then eventually disband them and send them back home in the western state of Michoacan. (AP)

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