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Drug trafficking for 'justice' in Mexico
Distrust of police supports vigilante justice by drug traffickers fighting 'injustice and poverty'.
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2011 04:09

A Mexican drug cartel named after a medieval order of knights is winning favour among the community where it works, in the state of Michoacan.

The Knights of Templar say they are fighting a war against injustice and poverty, and they have a reputation much stronger than local police.

Meanwhile, they traffic drugs and create harsh and violent punishments for those the organisation deems to be bad for the community.

Al Jazeera's Monica Villamizar reports from the city of Apatzingan in Mexico’s Michoacan province.

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