October 2, 2013

Mexico's militia movement

Are Mexico's growing self-defence militias protecting the people or harming rule of law?

Gunmen march in support of self-defense groups in Ayutla de los Libres, Guerrero state, Mexico, 02 March 2013. (EPA/FRANCISCA MEZA)

Are self-defence militias good for security in Mexico? In response to drug cartel violence, kidnappings and ineffective law enforcement, Mexicans are increasingly taking matters into their own hands, forming militias to protect their towns. Critics say these groups don't always operate within the law and require more regulation. Join the conversation at 1930GMT.

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to: 

Jose Manuel Mireles
General Coordinator, Tepalcatepec Community Police

Ioan Grillo @El_Narco_Book
Grisel Rodriguez 
Daughter of imprisoned community police leader
Esteban Gonzalez @menosgobierno
Libertarian Movement of Mexico
What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.