Photo: Vigilantes in Michoacan
The Citizen Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice today asked the federal government to investigate governors and former governors and completely dismantle criminal organizations that extort, charge “dues”, kidnap, rob and murder in the state of Michoacan.
At a press conference, the president of the José Antonio Ortega Sánchez organization also unveiled a package of proposals to restore order to the state governor by the PRI Fausto Vallejo.
According to Ortega Sanchez, first you have to dismember and eradicate all criminal groups that have laid their real in the state, particularly to the Knights Templar.
It is also necessary, he continued, to investigate systematically and comprehensively the officials of the three levels of government that provide protection to the suspected criminal groups. The idea, he said,is to have criminals pay for their crimes.
The current federal administration should proceed further to catch the perpetrators and masterminds of the murder of the mayor of La Piedad, Ricardo Guzman Romero, occurred on November 2, 2011.
It is also imperative to enforce the arrest warrant for the murder of 14 federal agents and organized crime against former deputy Julio César Godoy Toscano, brother of former governor of Michoacán, Leonel Godoy Rangel.
At the conference, Ortega Sanchez also asked authorities to give security guarantees to the bishop of Apatzingán, Miguel Patino Velazquez, and other religious who have denounced the violence occurring in Michoacan.
“We live in the mountains between the towns of Aquila and Coalcomán, forgotten and in poverty, but do not ask money or social programs, just let us work in peace,” he said.
Given the climate of harassment in which they live, he said that since last May joined self-defense groups. “We do not like to be armed, but we have to defend what little we have left, but especially our dignity.”