Autodefensas Gain Legitimacy Where the Mexican State Has None

Originally Published on: Feb 20, 2014

Organized crime’s collusion with the state has a long history in Michoacán, but the latest developments have forced issues of corruption and impunity to the fore. The autodefensas are a manifestation of civil society’s distrust of government and all the state authorities. Not only do the self-defense forces represent a challenge to the authority of state and federal government, but they have the potential to develop into a widespread social movement—a prospect that should terrify Mexico’s elites and political dinosaurs who make out so well from the chaotic, bloody, but very lucrative, status quo.

– from NACLA, Autodefensas Gain Legitimacy Where the Mexican State Has None

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