Vigilante Justice Rising In Mexican Drug-Turf Wars


The bodies of four alleged gangsters, stuffed into a parked car near Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s compound suggests to many Mexicans that despairing private citizens or even local officials may be exacting their own raw justice amid the unbridled crime sweeping the nation, says the Houston Chronicle.

The escalating drug turf wars, which have claimed most of the 14,000 people killed by gangland violence since 2006, have wrought more kidnapping, extortion, and theft. Some in Mexico are pushing back. “There’s just incredible frustration and there is no outlet for it,” said U.S. political analyst George Grayson, who wrote a book on the Mexican government’s inability to end the crime wave. “Average people feel impotent.”

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