Activism

One Mexican town revolts against violence and corruption. Six years in, its experiment is working

There are three basic tasks in front of the insurgents: Overthrowing the system, prevention of the erection of a new tyranny, and preventing inter-tribal warfare.

This is how it’s done. We need tens of thousands of Seattles to become thousands of Cherans, followed by a Romania 1989 situation, with hundreds of thousands of Cherans expanding throughout the Empire.

Yes, we can.

By Patrick J. McDonnell

Los Angeles Times

Checkpoints staffed by men with assault rifles, camouflage and body armor greet visitors at the three major entrances to this town.

The guards are not soldiers, police officers, drug enforcers or vigilantes. They are members of homegrown patrols that have helped keep Cheran a bastion of tranquillity within one of Mexico’s most violent regions.

The town of 20,000 sits in the northwest corner of Michoacan, a state where authorities say at least 599 people were killed between January and May, an increase of almost 40% compared with the same period last year. Cheran hasn’t had a slaying or other serious crime since early 2011.

That was the year that residents, most of them indigenous and poor, waged an insurrection and declared self-rule in hopes of ridding themselves of the ills that plague so much of Mexico: raging violence, corrupt politicians, a toothless justice system and gangs that have expanded from drug smuggling to extortion, kidnapping and illegal logging.

Six years in, against all odds, Cheran’s experiment appears to be working.

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