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Mexican town besieged by rival gangs, as police and army stand aside
Mexican town besieged by rival gangs, as police and army stand aside

They arrived carrying rifles, machetes and sticks, their faces covered with ski masks and scarves. About 300 armed civilians poured into the small town of Chilapa, in the troubled state of Guerrero, on the afternoon of May 9, a Saturday, hitting people and breaking into their houses in a seemingly systematic rampage. Behind them came white pickup trucks loaded with young men sporting high-caliber weapons. Cellphone video taken by residents shows armed people in civilian clothing threatening people on the streets. “At first we thought that they might be community police,” said Felipe Nava Reyes, 24, a truck driver who was in the center of town when they arrived. Community...

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