Mexico’s Anti-Drug Militias Return Seized Land to Villagers

from Mexican vigilante militias battling drug-traffickers in the restive state of Michoacan said Thursday they had returned several hundred acres of land seized from villagers by the notorious Knights Templar cartel. The symbolic handover of some 654 acres (265 hectares) of land, which included many avocado and lemon orchards, took place in the village square of Tancitaro in the Michoacan highlands. “Citizens, businessmen, farmers, people in the communities are bewildered by these narcos. Let’s get them out of our land,” militia leader Estanislao Beltran told AFP at the end of the ceremony.

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