07/09/14 Mexico Voices. Reforma Sergio Aguayo, with the collaboration of Maura Roldán Álvarez
Translated by Thomas Mosley
The imprisonment of José Manuel Mireles has been added to the interplay between organized crime, mobilized society, and the State.
The spread of organized crime looms in the background due to geopolitical realities, economic inequalities, and gaps left by a State that is characterized by corruption and inefficiency. Michoacán reached its limit because of the brutality and greed of the Knights Templar.
Let’s take the self-defense groups as a second aspect. Michoacán stands out in the Caribbean Basin’s criminal history because only there did they confront the criminals with an armed uprising. Mireles, a charismatic social leader and a great communicator, found himself in this new phenomenon. He was their spokesman and a representative until, at the beginning of this year, a plane crash took him out of play. Meanwhile, Excélsior spread the word of the dark part of his biography (that he was imprisoned for drug trafficking), which the doctor insisted on denying.