A look at the rise of vigilantes in the drug-driven landscape of Mexico
Amidst the chaos of the Mexican drug wars, some men seem to have taken Batman as a role model. The only difference between them and the caped crusader, however, is that these guys have guns, and they aren’t afraid to use them.
They are angry about the failure of the government, police and army to control things and keep their families safe. Needless to say, this gun-toting army of every-day-Joes-turned-masked-heroes feel they are having a positive impact on communities. Looking at the horrors that some of these small Mexican towns have endured, it’s easy to see why someone would want to take matters into their own hands. Having faced years of kidnapping, extortion and murder they are now fighting back with guns, roadside checkpoints and town patrols.
Though the federal forces have shown some support towards various militia groups, they have predominantly shown very little love towards the farmers and shop keepers who have taken to forming these vigilante squads. In Trixtla for example, a town that is gateway to the mountain drug kingdoms of the Los Rojas cartel, it is said that the cartel is in fact working in collusion with authorities.