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While the argument that American citizens will take up arms against its government, or create militias to patrol unsafe streets seems like something out of a science fiction novel, but Mexican citizens in small towns in Mexico are doing exactly that.
The people have banded together to take back their towns in the municipalities of Tecoanapa and Ayutla de Los Libres.
The Mexican paper, El Universal, reports that in Ayutla de los Libres, the town has voted to continue civil resistance despite warnings from State officials who have warned them that this type of self-defense acts are violent acts and against the law. But the people in Ayutla believe they have a right to arm themselves and take matters into their own hands.
The people of these towns, in La Costa Chica de Guerrero, in western Mexico, have given their support to their community police and volunteers armed with hunting rifles, small caliber handguns and machetes. They have created roadblocks and are patrolling the streets.