Over 100 Mexican Women To Take Up Arms to Defend Community from Organized Crime


Mexican women have had enough of organized crime in their communities and they are doing something about it. Over 100 women have signed up to become members of a local self-defense force, but they won't be "lone rangers." These women will be trained on the proper use of firearms and will be guarding the southern Mexican town of Xaltianguis in shifts of twelve people.

The Latin American Herald Tribune reports:

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.

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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 (Unión de Pueblos Organizados del Estado de Guerrero) was created in January in Guerrero state's Costa Chica region. Its members also wear hoods to help protect their identity.

The women will be armed with a pool of about 80 firearms which they will use during their shifts. The cartels they are up against heavily outnumber and outgun them (with weapons (many fully automatic) supplied by our own government), but then I seem to recall a certain giant that was bigger and stronger and more well-trained and armed than a lowly shepherd boy too.

May God bless the efforts of these women as they are the "Mama Bears" of their community. Well done ladies!

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