Hundreds of armed men belonging to a newly-formed vigilante group called “El Machete” have abducted 21 people while burning vehicles and at least a dozen homes in a southern Mexico town, officials say.

The chaos in Pantelho unfolded Monday as the group — which announced its existence only a week earlier, pledging to fight the incursion of drug cartels in the largely Indigenous mountain communities of Chiapas – was going street by street in search of alleged criminals, the Associated Press reports.

Pedro Gómez, a local activist, told the AP at least three vehicles and a dozen homes were burned. The town hall was vandalized as well.

The vigilantes, who appear to include members of the Tzotzil Indigenous group, are calling themselves a “self-defense force,” a phenomenon seen for years in some western Mexican states.

An official in the Chiapas state prosecutor’s office, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Associated Press that an investigation into the events had been opened. The official said the gunmen belonged to El Machete.

The 21 abducted residents were taken to San José Buena Vista Tercero, the community where the vigilante group is allegedly based. The official said the gunmen were apparently looking for members of another group called “Los Herreras.”

After El Machete announced its presence earlier this month, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he would not accept the presence of the so-called self-defense forces.

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23 thoughts on “Mexican Vigilante Group Abducts 21 and Burns Homes in Raid on Town”
  1. Then the President should do his job, his buddy Biden will be facing the same problem if he doesn’t smarten up, but smart isn’t a word Democrats are familiar with.

  2. El Machete is the best idea of all to eliminate the carteles. Why isn’t the Mexican President supportive? Guess! Is he getting a ‘Kickback?’ You damn rights! He has his hand in the cookie jar!

  3. UNFORTUNATELY it could be a ploy to justify leaving BORDER WIDE OPEN! We know the CARTELS are RUNNING everything in Mexico including the BIDEN ADMINISTRATION, DON’T kid yourself! TELL ME WHAT COUNTRY WOULD HAVE OPEN BORDERS DURING A PANDEMIC, AND THEN CLOSE THE DOOR ON SUPPRESSED CUBANS! NO LEADER WOULD! BUT THEN AGAIN BIDEN IS A FOLLOWER! DISGRACEFUL! THIS SOCIAL MOVEMENT WILL NOT WIN IN AMERICA AND THEY WILL FIND OUT THE HARD WAY! NO DOUBT, HELL IS COMING AFTER THEM !

  4. Need to be razing drug houses in the U. S. Where they are known to exist. Government agencies seem to always catch the little, street peddlers but rarely the kingpins. When they do, bail is easily paid and the bigshitscescape jurisdiction.

  5. This is the problem in the world and why evil prospers:
    idiots like President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he would not accept the presence of the so-called self-defense forces. He should be supporting and helping them since he can’t stop the criminals who likely pay him not to! Vile evil cowardly leaders in government are always the problem!

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