Thursday, March 28, 2013

Vigilantes arrest cops, seize town to avenge killing

Tierra Colorado, Guerrero – Bullets ripped into a car carrying a load of tourists to an Acapulco beach when the driver refused to stop at a makeshift roadside checkpoint located on the highway between Mexico City and the cliffside tourist Mecca.

Slightly wounded, one of their number got medical aid only after he got further down the road from a scene of bloody insurrection that is sweeping this area after more than 1,500 vigilantes, who call themselves community police, seized the director of security and 12 police officers in raids on their homes.

They confiscated a number of assault weapons and high-powered sniper rifles in a search of the police chief's home and car.

The attack came in retaliation for the killing of  a citizen police leader named Guadalupe Quinones Carbajal, allegedly by police acting at the direction of organized crime groups.

In an earlier attack, vigilantes burst into a lounge in the Acapulco area and killed federal police during a raid that left a half dozen dead.

We have besieged the municipality, because here criminals operate with impunity in broad daylight, in view of municipal authorities,” said Bruno Placido Valerio, according to news reports.

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