Over 100 Mexican Women Take Up Arms To Defend Community In Xaltianguis

Huffington Post, August 20, 2013Mexico women selfdefense group

Mexico City (EFE).- More than 100 women in the southern Mexican town of Xaltianguis have taken up arms to protect their community from organized crime groups, a local self-defense force official said Monday.

The women signed up over the past four days with the Union of Peoples and Organizations of Guerrero State, or UPOEG, Xaltianguis community self-defense force commander Miguel Angel Jimenez told reporters.

“We have an average of nine groups” of community police, with each one made up of 12 women who will work in the daytime in the neighborhoods of Xaltianguis, located about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the resort city of Acapulco, Jimenez said.

The women will be trained in the use of firearms and carry the same weapons as men, Jimenez said.

The vigilante group has only about 80 firearms and the weapons are rotated among members, Jimenez said.

“I trust that the people, once they know that the women are participating,” will provide more weapons, Jimenez said.

Women were among the biggest supporters when the community self-defense forces were being formed, telling men that “either you join or I join,” Jimenez said.

“Women are brave and we are capable of defending our town,” Silvia Hipolito, a mother of two who joined the self-defense group, said.

The women will learn how to use firearms and work schedules that allow them to continue taking care of their homes, Hipolito said.

UPOEG, whose members are armed and wear hoods, was created in January in Guerrero state’s Costa Chica region.

The self-defense group controls access to communities and polices them to fight crime blamed on drug traffickers and other organized crime groups.

Vigilante groups have appeared in recent months in several Mexican states, with the largest number being reported in Guerrero and the western state of Michoacan.

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Posted on August 21, 2013, in Defending Territory and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Defending a community from people who are lawless and ruthless if done in the name of protecting children and a quality of life is noble. It is a shame when thugs and drug traffickers make such defense necessary…

  2. These strong, beautiful women have my support. I’ll bet they kick ass!

  3. Warriors come in all shapes and sizes however I’d like to more about the overall conflict and why arms have to be involved in general and who’s supplying arms to the people causing havoc on these communities of people who are trying to exist in peace. I have to look further into the story thanks for sharing.

  4. The Hand that Rocks the Cradle Rocks the World!!!!
    Wake up and send Prayers to support these Warrior Women.
    All Goverments and their Policies were takin over years ago by the Mongrel Corporations that continue to diminish our Beautiful Mother Earth, and her inhabitants. Our Prayers and each other is all we really have left….

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