New Self-defense Militia Appears in Chiapas, Mexico to Fight Organized Crime Gangs

Vigilantes of “El Machete” as they call themselves, an armed group made up mostly of indigenous people to defend themselves against drug cartels, are seen during an assembly with indigenous communities, in Pantelho, Chiapas, Mexico July 18, 2021. REUTERS/Jacob Garcia

Just like the Zapatista rebels before them, the indigenous people of Chiapas state in southern Mexico have taken up arms, though this time they said it was to beat back the organized crime gangs plaguing their communities.

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SOURCE: Reuters