Vigilante groups on the offensive in Michoacan

Armed members of the Self-Protection militia stand guard inside the house of drug trafficker aka 'El botas' in Paracuaro, state of Michoacan, Mexico, on January 18, 2014. The house was taken by members of the Self-Protection militias.

Over the last few days, people in the southwestern Mexican state of Michoacan took matters into their own hands and pushed out members of a powerful drug cartel from their community. The situation is still evolving, and it involves a kind of vigilante movement that is happening in the state.

"It's basically a micro-civil war in Michoacan," says Leon Krauze, Univision anchor and host of Open Source on Fusion TV. " The cartels have become sort of a parallel state within the state, and that's just intolerable for for any government."

To hear more about the situation in Michoacan, click the audio player above.


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