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Mexican state recognizes vigilante militias

Mexico's southwestern state of Guerrero has officially recognized vigilante groups that emerged this year to defend communities against violent drug gangs. Hundreds of men covered their faces, put up checkpoints and took up machetes and rifles in a rural, mountainous region near the Pacific resort of Acapulco in January in response to a wave of murders, kidnappings and extortion.

Community self-defense group releases last 20 prisoners in Mexico

Mexico City, Feb 20 (EFE).- A community policing group in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero has released the last 20 people it had been holding "under guard" since Jan. 5 for allegedly committing crimes, a spokesman for the self-defense force told Efe. Another group of prisoners of about the same size was released recently, "so that finishes the circle of everyone we had to let go," Union of Peoples and Organizations of Guerrero State, or UPOEG, leader Bruno Placido said.
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