Rise of armed groups in Mexico prompts hope, fear among LA’s michoacanos (KPCC)

By DORIAN MERINA | Radio Guests: BRAD ROWE | April 16, 2014

In Los Angeles, families with close ties to the Mexican state of Michoacán are playing a role in an effort to end the violent drug conflict in their home country, spurring a debate over the armed civilian groups that have risen to counter drug cartels.

The armed groups — known as autodefensas, or self-defense groups — have emerged as a potent force against the dominant drug cartel of the region, the Knights Templar.

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