Founder of Mexico’s Self-Defense Militias Dies of Covid-19
Dr. José Manuel Mireles Valverde, former leader and founder of the civilian militia self-defense group in Tepalcatepec, Michoacán, Mexico died. He had been hospitalized for symptoms of covid-19 and was reported to be in serious condition.
Dr. Valverde was a local physician that had grown tired of the lawlessness, growing power of drug cartels and failure of law enforcement. He made a public call to arms and organized thousands of untrained community members into militias that drove out the powerful drug cartels from their villages and towns and restored law and order.
Unfortunately, he was arrested and the militias were later disarmed and disbanded by the government.
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