Self-Defense Forces to Prevent Mexican National Guard from Entering Their Territories (Guerrero, Mexico)

This article addresses the formation of an alliance between self-defense groups in the Mexican State of Guerrero, to prevent the entrance of the National Guard in their territories. The original in Spanish was published by BajoPalabra and can be found here.

Self-Defense Forces in Guerrero to Prevent Mexican National Guard from Entering Their Territories 

FUSDEG, CRAC and FUPCEG announced an alliance to prevent the arrival of the National Guard.

Chilpancingo, Guerrero – Three self-defense groups in Guerrero announced they are coming together to resist the National Guard, proposed by Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, which would effect their territories.

This afternoon, the United Front for the Security and Development of the State of Guerrero (FUSDEG), the Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities (CRAC) and United Front for the Security and Development of the State of Guerrero (FUPCEG) – all from autonomous towns in the mountains – announced an alliance. 

The goal of the alliance is to institutionalize peace and to fight together against the arrival of the Mexican National Guard in their community territories, as they were not considered when the federal bill was ordered.

Representatives of the three community groups held a press conference at the base of Tierra Colorada in the municipality of Juan R. Escudero. According to community representatives, the union announced today will be made up of 39 municipalities in the state with an estimated 12,000 community guards who will reinforce the rejection of the National Guard.

“The National Guard does not support self-defense groups, they are a threat to our organized groups because there is a possibility they will disarm us,” said Sabas Aburto, spokesman for the CRAC-PC. 

Finally, they called on Guerrero’s community police – who have not been infiltrated by organized crime – to join the alliance created today to avoid the presence of National Guard in community territories.