Mexico Vigilantes Use Gruesome Facebook Video to Promote Their Cause

6/14/2017 InSight Crime

gun - crime sceneA self-defense group in Mexico has turned to social media to boast about its members’ efforts to take justice into their own hands, a reminder of the complex role social media plays in Latin America’s security landscape.

A video from the “Justicieros de Irapuato,” as the group is known on their Facebook page, recently surfaced showing the group advertising themselves as citizens who “take matters [of justice] into their own hands,” Proceso reported.

In the video, the self-proclaimed “justicieros,” or justice seekers, have detained and cut the ears of two young men thought to be thieves. The suspected thieves are holding a sign that says, “This is what’s going to happen to all the rapist and extortionist rats.”

The justicieros deny being hitmen for any organized crime group and claim to be simple working people, according to Proceso.

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