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100 Outgunned Mexican Women Join Self-Defense League

Posted on August 23, 2013

More than 100 women in the southern Mexican town of Xaltianguis have taken up arms to protect their community from organized crime groups, a local self-defense force official said Monday.

The women signed up over the past four days with the Union of Peoples and Organizations of Guerrero State, or UPOEG, Xaltianguis community self-defense force commander Miguel Angel Jimenez told reporters.

“We have an average of nine groups” of community police, with each one made up of 12 women who will work in the daytime in the neighborhoods of Xaltianguis, located about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the resort city of Acapulco, Jimenez said.

“The women will be trained in the use of firearms and carry the same weapons as men,” Jimenez said.

“The vigilante group has only about 80 firearms and the weapons are rotated among members,” Jimenez said.

“I trust that the people, once they know that the women are participating, will provide more weapons,” Jimenez said.

Women were among the biggest supporters when the community self-defense forces were being formed, telling men that “either you join or I join,” Jimenez said.

“Women are brave and we are capable of defending our town,” said Silvia Hipolito, a mother of two who joined the self-defense group.

“The women will learn how to use firearms and work schedules that allow them to continue taking care of their homes,” Hipolito said.

UPOEG, whose members are armed and wear hoods, was created in January in Guerrero state’s Costa Chica region.

The self-defense group controls access to communities and polices them to fight crime blamed on drug traffickers and other organized crime groups.

Vigilante groups have appeared in recent months in several Mexican states, with the largest number being reported in Guerrero and the western state of Michoacan. EFE

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31 thoughts on “100 Outgunned Mexican Women Join Self-Defense League

  1. Where are the men? I’m referring to real men whose job is to care and protect his home and community. These ladies are brave and i salute them.

  2. Bill Smith says:

    You go,girls!!!!

  3. it's about time that they start fighting for their own freedoms and a better life at home instead of jumping the border and demanding we give it to them for free. i wish them the best and hope it catches on with the rest of them all over the country. if they don't they wont have a country.

  4. Rabelrouser says:

    My hat is off to these women, they are willing to put themselves in harms way to protect themselves, their community and others in their community. They see the problem and address it as it has to be.
    Its a sad state of affairs that the average American can't, or more specfically, wont do the same thing. They wont show that they refuse to be continually pushed around by a government that is increasingly out of control. They wont show their strength of will by joining with others in a common defensive posture.
    They can and should. But it takes principal, it takes commitment, it takes will.
    These "defense forces" are already in your state, you just have to get involved to show that you will defend your Rights and Freedoms (as will these Mexican women) if you need to. http://Modernmilitiamovement.com

  5. Rabelrouser says:

    Same for us Ken.

  6. most of the men are here in the u.s. with new wives and children

  7. I am sending this to my Catholic Bishop. I want him to see this. I want him to know that helping these women at the home is the best way to help them. Not with this phoney bleeding heart amnesty BS that helps only those who cross the boarder. How about helping those who for what ever the reason, can not leave.

  8. A man may work from sun to sun but a woman's work is never done.

  9. Wild Bill – Murder by President http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUzzyXVD3aE&fe

  10. The only way the Mexican people are going to be able to take back their country from these thugs is with force. I truly hope they succeed, and make Mexico a safe and civilized place to work, live and visit.

  11. Rattlerjake says:

    It's about time some mexicans stay in mexico and fight to improve their country instead of coming here and ruining ours.

  12. Ray Greenway says:

    Some are here in the US, but most stay back and they are either corrupt or cowards.

  13. I would say they are busy being in the government, but even I know that would be not true. They could contact Erick Holder for bthe guns because he likes to supply them to people to see what they do with them. How lame is that? He is still attorney general of the united states, why.

  14. SuperDave2 says:

    Ray, Thank you for that. This is something that ALL Americans need to see.

  15. We are all waiting on our representatives to do what they are suppose to. If the common person only had lobbyist maybe we could get something done. Oh I forgot, we are bankrupt. That is we the people are bankrupt, the politicians are living well and spending like h ell. Foreign aid? Why yes we will just print up more useless money.
    I hope that you all have been watching the news about where you can make more on welfare and government programs than you can by working and you don't even have to get out of bed and go to work. Does anyone see that Obama said he was going to change the us. He is going to watch out for the middle class, whatever that may be by eliminating them.

  16. DoctorBob says:

    According to the Progressives, the way to make a town safe and peaceful is to DISARM these women. Yeah, that'll work. When the thugs see they are disarmed, they will respect that and leave them alone. NOT! Good for these brave women. to stand up to these thugs. I wish them well.

  17. Evermyrtle says:

    Sounds like something that the USA should adopt. With crime increasing there are not enough men in this war ot protect everybody. Come on ladies let us join this good thing!!!

  18. Mexico does not have a 'drug problem'–the U.S. does, the U.S. is the market place. If there weren't any customers for the drugs, the drug industry would not exist. The root of the drug problem are the drug addicts that get the money to buy drugs. Where are 'the free and the brave' of this country to help our addicts get off of drugs? These addicts are enslaved in a 'free country' and the cause of thousands of killings and misery at home and abroad. As for me, I understand 'Spiritual Warfare" and I have been on the move. Don't know what Spiritual Warfare is? Look it up and do your part. Do you remember what this country is all about? LIBERTY!! And who is calling the shots? IN GOD WE TRUST. If you need a reminder, look at a US coin.

  19. What does your rant have to do with these women in Mexico?

    I see you have problems staying on topic.

    Now, having said that I agree with what you said, but seriously, it was way off topic.

  20. wenerdogg says:

    its a shame that the women are braver then the men.

  21. That will not happen as long as Americans keep buying mexican drugs. The traffickers will continue to collect billions of $, and money is power, power to buy influence, people and any weapons they want to buy. Americans must stop taking drugs! Don't start with pot thinking you'll stay with that. Many pot smokers are driven to seek higher highs, and that means hard drugs. There's no hope, I'm afraid. Just hunker down and hope the trouble doesn't come to our neighborhoods.

  22. Every dead cartel member should provide a new weapon in these womens arsenal may they collect them by the thousands.

  23. Not only do I salute them, I will also support as much as possible for more weapons for the women. These are real women, ( Ladies ) and they deserve our respect and support.

  24. I agree and every time they kill one of the drug cartel, keep the weapon. Soon they will have more than enough. I am going to find out how to contact them and send some money. Help them stop the drugs and our drug problem will also cease and if not let's join with them.

  25. I have an idea for all the idiots like in California and a few other states that want to do away with guns. Just send your guns to the ladies and they will know what and how to use them for. Then you have solved a couple of problems. You got rid of your gun and they get a nice gun for protection.

  26. HolyShirt says:

    Where are the men? Who do you think commits the crimes? The babies?

  27. wrong mexico does have a serious drug problem along with everywhere else in the world. just blaming america is misguided,mexican drugs are being shipped to every country in the world.

  28. "For evil to succeed, all that is necessary is for good men to do nothing." The solution to the drug problem is Doing something about it, not avoiding it. Any answer is a reflection of the courage or lack of courage to solve the problem. What are you doing about the drug problem?

  29. claiming that mexico doesn't have a drug problem and that the u.s. is the only market is the same as doing nothing and a lack of courage. i worked as a substance abuse counselor, i understand the problem and the solution, i have done something about the drug problem. what have you done other then make false and dangerous statements that only try to place blame on america when it's an epidemic that plagues the entire world including mexico and even the middle east.

  30. Drug addiction is a world-wide problem. The US is 'a' market place, having the money that Mexico does not have to buy and use drugs. It is to the women's credit that they have taken a stand against drug trafficking. Thank you for your work as a substance abuse counselor. I hope you do inform yourself of 'Spiritual Warfare' so that you understand my position against the harm that drug addiction is doing. Otherwise our 'replies' are pointless.

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