This might all be a ruse to show popular anger at the local cartel operatives on behalf of another cartel. Cited in one of the articles is that a people's protest against these vigilante groups was organized by the cartel that these armed men were attacking. This could be a game to get the bought off government officials even more graft money from the cartels. Mexico is a mess, but it is too much for our media to focus on it despite the never-ending stream of illegals pouring into the US from this stumbling regime. These groups might be organic. The crime and murder rates in this area of Mexico are probably not too different from Baltimore or Detroit. Some communities (like Baltimore and Detroit) complain about lawlessness, drug gangs, security impinging on their ability to do anything and corrupt cops, but they choose to just vote Democrat and hope for change. They end up living in open air prisons, but at least they are "free". Lawlessness and basic conditions for daily life could be hitting failed state levels in this region, forcing citizens to perform a basic duty that they had long ago ceded to the government: security.
|Mexican Vigilantes, Danny Trejo Nowhere to be Found|
Look at the pictures in the links above and see the older men marching with rifles on their shoulders. Some men are smiling, some are hiding their faces and others just are showing that they are there with a rifle in their hands, ready and willing. The basic security the men of a community provided for their families and small communities used to be enough. As society grew and the Industrial Revolution sucked more people into cities the concept of a police force took shape. Volunteer watches and private men were not to be trusted compared to the professional, government forces. Time changes institutions, nations and people. Corruption creeps into systems. It is possible that in Mexico the corruption and dysfunction have reached a new nadir, and once again, men must make a show of force. If the USG and municipalities retreat, American men may have to make a show of force again.