Narcos of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), in addition to increasingly sophisticated drones, is using residents who act as human shields against the Mexican Army, to expand its control in the state of Michoacán, in Mexico.
The group led by Nemesio Oseguera, alias El Mencho, the Señor de los Gallos or the Gallero, has started organizing people from the Tierra Caliente de Michoacán, among them the municipality of Aguililla, to avoid the onslaught of the Mexican military, which now only tries to keep rival cartels separate.
“If they (Army) come in again, we will put 2,000 people here to stop them,” said Habacuc Solórzano, a 39-year-old farmer who leads the civil movement associated with the Jalisco New Generation Cartel to AP.
What he says goes beyond ordinary
According to the news agency, last week, the CJNG already had about 500 residents of Aguililla marching to confront a military squad blocking an unpaved road, leading out of cartel-dominated territory.
In this Municipality, the armed forces have only dedicated themselves to separating the CJNG of Los Viagras, the rival group that has placed barricades and checkpoints that have blocked all trade with Aguililla.
Leaving lemons and cattle, or incoming supplies, must pay a war tax to Los Viagras.
“We’d rather you kill us than criminals kill us!” A protester shouted at the soldiers during a tense, hour-long confrontation between protesters and a dozen military officers who stood up, sheltered behind a barricade of tires. Many of the protesters carried stones and slingshots, but did not use them, according to the AP.
The inhabitants want the Mexican Army to fight both cartels, or at least let the two criminal organizations face off.
“Let the cartels kill themselves,” shouted another protester. “The Jalisco cartel is going to run into everyone!”