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Mexico's Knights Templar Leader Vows to Never Surrender

Mexico's Knights Templar Leader Vows to Never Surrender

The head of Mexican criminal group the Knights Templar, "La Tuta," has vowed to "fight to the end" in a defiant rant released at a time when staying quiet and rebuilding his forces may actually be the better option for the beseiged gang. Read More

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The Knights Templar (Cabelleros 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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  • Mexico's Knights Templar Leader Vows to Never Surrender

    Knights Templar leader "La Tuta" enjoys the media spotlight

    The head of Mexican criminal group the Knights Templar, "La Tuta," has vowed to "fight to the end" in a defiant rant released at a time when staying quiet and rebuilding his forces may actually be the better option for the beseiged gang.

  • How the Jalisco Cartel Evolved with Mexico's Drug War

    A narco-message signed by the Jalisco Cartel

    In the competitive and ever-changing environment of Mexico's drug trade, groups like the CJNG and the Knights Templar have kept their position by adopting a regional strategy, rather than expanding across the country. The fact that the CJNG is still growing highlights its adaptability, and willingness to adopt a vigilante discourse when necessary.

  • After Vigilante War, Drug Trafficking Returns to Michoacan, Mexico

    In late September, members of Mexico's Gendarmerie, the new federal police squad, made a quiet but significant discovery among the lime farms of the Tierra Caliente region in Michoacan state. Hidden among a clump of trees in the municipality of Buenavista were plastic barrels emitting the bittersweet smell of crystal meth, known by residents of this valley as "ice" or "hielo."

  • Reporters Give Advice, Get Money from Mexico Cartel: Video

    Two journalists in the Pacific Coast state of Michoacan received money from the leader of the Knights Templar drug cartel for presumably giving advice about what communications strategy the group should employ, demonstrating the sometimes nefarious connection between journalists and the criminal subjects they cover. 

  • Criminal Attack Isolates Towns in Security-Challenged Guerrero, Mexico

    Public transportation connecting the mountain region with the center of Mexico's Guerrero state has been suspended after a criminal group detained several vehicles, underscoring the security challenges faced by the central government in this state and in neighboring Michoacan.

  • Video Shows Mexico Vigilante Leader's Cartel Ties

    Video footage has emerged of a vigilante leader in Michoacan, Mexico, meeting with the head of the Knights Templar just months before he joined a government-organized "Rural Defense Force," giving weight to fears over the criminalization of self-defense militias.

  • Amid Vigilante Surge, Homicides Up 45% in Michoacan, Mexico

    Homicide and extortion levels have risen significantly this year in Michoacan, southwest Mexico, indicating that vigilante groups have not proven successful at reducing violence, and may be contributing to the worsening security situation.

  • 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.

  • Mexico's ‘La Tuta’ Acts as Judge In Latest Knights Templar Video

    The latest video installment from Mexico's Knights Templar leader "La Tuta" shows the drug lord dividing up the inheritance of a deceased local businessman, illustrating how the criminal group has assumed social and judicial functions in the state of Michoacan.

  • The Mayor and the Mafioso: The Movie

    A video of a tearful mayor from Michoacan, Mexico pleading for the help of the Knights Templar offers yet another example of both the extent of the criminal group's reach and the impossible position in which they often put local politicians.