Dr. Mireles; "the self-defense groups in Michoacán will not move forward until they have cleaned their groups.”
Translated by Carolyn Smith
José Manuel Mireles said that Hipólito Mora–who started the self defense groups in La Ruana–had nothing to do with the murder of two ex-Templars, but he had prevented the guards led by El Americano from arresting the suspects.
In an interview for MVS News, First Broadcast, the spokesperson for the self-defense group said that the conflict between Mora and “Simón El Americano” in La Ruana has been increasing, but it is a “personal division”. He told how the differences between the two leaders was fueled after the murder of Rafael Sánchez Moreno, “El Pollo”, as well as José Luis Torres Castañeda, who were found burned to death last weekend.
“El Americano sought to detain two suspects, which Hipólito Mora prevented and this provoked that he is accused of the double homicide”, pointed out Mireles.
“With the death of these persons, El Americano found out that the persons who murdered them were still (in La Ruana); they tried to detain them…From my point of view Hipólito Mora had nothing to do with it, but he opposed the detention of the two persons who committed the murder”, remarked the spokesperson for the self-defense groups in Tepalcatepec.
He considered that the personal differences between the two leaders in La Ruana “would not have to implicate or involve the people”.
“We believe that he is going to be free soon, he has nothing to do with the matter…it's simply to get even, but it is a personal matter”, he added.
And he reiterated the murderers are “well identified by Simón El Americano” but as “moral leader” Hipólito refused to turn them in.
Mireles also struck out against the
“criminals that walk around wearing self-defense T-shirts; we also have to detain them. Any Templar who walks around with a self-defense T-shirt, we have the obligation to turn in”, he assured.
He mentioned that some of the “forgiven” had been carrying out 'snatches' [disappearing people without request for ransom] and kidnappings; and recognized that “criminals who worked as 'hawks' [lookouts], pointers, and hitmen” have infiltrated their groups.
“For us, they continue being criminals, even though they are forgiven by those who forgive…the commitment exist to cleanse the towns of the forgiven and of the Templars”, he affirmed.
“They continue being Templars, but with self-defense T-shirts; they are contaminating the towns that according to us are already clean…so that there are no Templars with self-defense t-shirts…those who have already killed, already robbed, and already kidnapped don't stop being criminals”, he added.
Therefore, Mireles said that
“for the moment, the self-defense groups in Michoacán will not move forward until they have cleaned their groups.”
Re: Dr. Mireles; "the self-defense groups in Michoacán will not move forward until they have cleaned their groups.”
Baja, it may seem more difficult than it might really be to cleanse. In the towns and valleys of the area locals know each other and those that are nearby and don't belong there. Basically, like small towns anywhere. Everyone knows everybody else, and their business. I think this is how the Ruana conflict has arisen. Governments use bureaucratic methods; ordinary people use common knowledge and common sense. Sure, there may be a few mistakes and misjudgements but overall the locals are probably just as effective in rooting out mala gente.