I agree, Militia is a more fitting title for what they are doing. But why would a government want to recognize a militia? Militias are threats to corrupt governments.I would like to clear up a little something I find mischaracterizing.
My understanding is that vigilantism is retaliatory and punitive against some other person(s) for a perceived wrongdoing.
It is also my understanding that these guys are performing a defensive, protective role against the cartels doing things like burning their homes and businesses and killing their families if they don't pay "protection money".
As such, I consider them a militia, and practically heroes (I don't use that word very lightly) as opposed to vigilantes.
Maybe it's an opportunity for the Gov't to de-corruptify itself and also to remain in the good graces of the people, who are becoming increasingly frustrated with the inability of the Government and Army (and Police, I guess somebody will accuse me of being a Mexican Police Basher now) to protect them.I agree, Militia is a more fitting title for what they are doing. But why would a government want to recognize a militia? Militias are threats to corrupt governments.
I've read that maybe they've done just that. Some suggest that the vigilantes are working for other cartels looking to get a bigger piece of the pie. Is it true? I have no idea but in a country as corrupt as Mexico seems to be I wouldn't discount the possibility.The only thing stopping the Mexican drug cartels from forming their own rural defense groups is....well nothing.