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Self-Defense in MexicoIndigenous Community Policing and the New Dirty Wars$
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Luis Hernández Navarro

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469654539

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469654539.001.0001

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The Community Police

The Community Police

(p.90) 5 The Community Police
Self-Defense in Mexico

Luis Hernández Navarro

University of North Carolina Press

The community police movement was born at a meeting on September 17, 1995 in San Luis Acatlán in response to the continued violence, vigilantism, insecurity, and corporate mining in Guerrero. Government authorities and representatives of community police had a contradictory relationship. Over nineteen years, the government has vacillated between tolerating and then persecuting community police. The Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities (CRAC) was a key player in this period. This community policing helped indigenous, mestizo, and Afro-descendent communities begin reclaiming their rights and identity.

Keywords:   Community Police, San Luis Acatlán, Violence, Vigilantism, Indigenous, Mestizo, Afro-descent, Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities (CRAC)

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