Mexico: Community Police and the War on Drugs
Self-Defense vs. Vigilantism

http://www.icl-fi.org/english/wv/1055/mexico.html

Publisher:  Workers Vanguard
Date Written:  31/10/2014
Year Published:  2014  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX16990

Various "self-defense" groups or “community police” have emerged in rural areas, mainly in the states of Guerrero and Michoacán. The embrace of such "alternative security" schemes by nearly all of the left is rooted in a sub-reformist liberal perspective. As long as capitalism is not overthrown, any group dedicated to "fighting crime" will act as an auxiliary of the capitalist state and will have, in the final analysis, a fundamentally reactionary character.