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Most Mexicans Think Police 'Controlled by Org Crime': Poll

Most Mexicans Think Police 'Controlled by Org Crime': Poll

A recent opinion poll in Mexico reveals an embarrassing lack of public trust in security forces, exemplifying yet again how institutional failures risk boosting support for problematic responses to insecurity such as the militarization of citizen safety initiatives and the formation of self-defense movements.

Mexico Vigilantes Seize Mother of Crime Boss in Hostage Showdown

Mexico Vigilantes Seize Mother of Crime Boss in Hostage Showdown

A vigilante militia has become involved in a hostage standoff with an organized crime network in southwest Mexico, as the competition for booming criminal profits in a fragmented underworld continues to sew violence and insecurity in the state of Guerrero.

Conflict in Mexico's Heroin Heartland as Self-Defense Groups Cry 'Narco'

Conflict in Mexico's Heroin Heartland as Self-Defense Groups Cry 'Narco'

Two self-defense groups in Mexico's troubled state of Guerrero have accused each other of involvement in organized crime, illustrating the complexity of the criminal landscape in the country's heroin epicenter.

Study Links Mexico Vigilantes, Inequality

Study Links Mexico Vigilantes, Inequality

A new study from a Mexico security expert examines the driving factors behind the explosion of vigilante groups around the nation over the past several years.

Mexico Army Moves into Michoacan Despite Protests

Mexico Army Moves into Michoacan Despite Protests

Mexican security forces installed a new base to combat armed groups in the Tierra Caliente region of Michoacán, after days of protests from the community that highlight citizens' fears that the presence of federal police may increase insecurity and human rights violations.

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.