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Well-armed vigilantes in Mexico's Michoacan state have helped authorities dismantle a powerful criminal organization, but now the government may have a more difficult task: keeping Michoacan safe from the vigilantes and rival criminal groups. Read More

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Knights Templar-Linked Mexico Mayor Arrested for Murder, Extortion

Knights Templar-Linked Mexico Mayor Arrested for Murder, Extortion

A mayor in Mexico's southwestern Michoacan state has been accused of murder, extortion and working with the Knights Templar, in a case highlighting the criminal group's infiltration into the murky world of Michoacan politics. Read more

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The Knights Templar (Caballeros Templarios) is a splinter group of the once-mighty Familia Michoacana, which emerged in March 2011. Like their predecessors in the Familia, the Knights Templar cast themselves as a "self-defense" movement engaged in a struggle with Mexico's larger criminal cartels on behalf of the Michaocan population, and frequently employ religious imagery in their public communiques.

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