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How Mexico's west was won: It took a village, and plenty of AK-47s

APATZINGAN, Mexico — A wary calm reigns here, as it does in nearby towns freed from the Knights Templar's grip. Federal officials have declared victory. They’re moving to deputize hundreds of the militiamen, converting the untrained armed civilians into local police. Many other local residents remain far from convinced.

Lynching is still a common practice across Latin America

LIMA — 'There is a macabre ritual in which the suspect is dragged to the town square, where the lynching takes place,' says Fredy Torrico, a Bolivian prosecutor. 'It often ends with the person being burned alive or hanged.'
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