Michoacan may collapse under a narco insurgency from the Knights Templar, and in a desperate bid to win the hearts and minds of the good citizens President Enrique Peña Nieto has announced "that his government would invest the equivalent of about $3.4 billion in social and infrastructure programs for the beleaguered" western state as reported by the Los Angeles Times: "the plan, Peña Nieto said, was meant 'to recover security, establish conditions of social order and spur economic development.'"
Meanwhile, two severed heads were deposited by the Knights Templar outside a Michoacan bank just days before President Peña Nieto is slated to visit the state as reported by Jude Webber for The Financial Times: "an official who asked not to be named confirmed that the message was a warning to potential traitors about what could happen to them."
The Knights Templar reaps billions annually from the extortion rackets and drug trade. The crime group shakes down avacado growers and iron miners in Michoacan State for easy cash, and is a principal exporter of crystal meth to degenerate tweekers in the United States. The illicit drug is manufactured with precursor chemicals obtained from Chinese companies in exchange for iron ore which is traded in the port city of Lazaro Cardenas allegedly controlled by the Knights Templar.
The Mexican government has conceded its uselessness in battling the Knights Templar, and has authorized the good citizens to form armed militias as part of its Rural Defense Corps as reported by Mariano Castillo for CNN. Many of the militiamen fighting to save Michoacan found their inspiration from living in the United States where the Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms as reported by Joshua Partlow for The Washington Post: "up and down the ranks of this group challenging the authority of the Mexican state are men who have brought their formative experiences in the United States to play in this chaotic uprising."
The federal cash and the armed militias all may be too little too late to prevent Michoacan from becoming a narco state.
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