Photo: Narcmantas by Mexico's Knights Templar
Mexico’s Knights Templar, or the Caballeros Templarios, allegedly claims to be the authors of a series of ‘narcomantas’ reportedly spotted in cities throughout the state of Michoacan.
The banners claim that the well known alleged criminal organization encouraged without blackmail or violence the decrease in food prices. Banners were found in Morelia, Zitacuaro, Lazaro Cardenas, Uruapan, Apatzingan, Ocampo, as well as Tuxpan.
The banners, hung in the early morning hours of Monday April 2nd, arrived after a recent truce called by the organization in preparation for the upcoming Papal visit to Guanajuato, a neighboring state of Michoacan. In the capital city of Morelia, various banners were found stating the following:
“To the Michoacan society, in these moments of reflection and before a social situation that is depriving the state, it is important to know that our brotherhood, the Caballeros Templarios, are not narcos, much less a group of criminals, the Caballeros Templarios are a brotherhood of civil people that respect the Constitution. In recent days our brotherhood, through an invitation with business owners, achieved a reduction in prices in the meat and tortilla industry. The invitation was accepted by our friends the business owners and recognized by the people in most need in our state. We want to remain clear that this agreement occurred without pressure or blackmail. As a result of our social actions, the Caballeros Templarios, invite the population to maintain union and peace. We invite Michoacans to get to know our leaders and together we will defend our constitutional rights and make Michoacan a prosperous state. Together until victory! Sincerely, the Caballeros Templarios”
Although the banners state that the reduction in prices came without the use of force or blackmail, this is probably unlikely. The banners appear to be a tactic by the ‘brotherhood’ to increase public support of their organization.