Mexico struggles: whether to talk to vigilantes or jail them

  • FILE - In this May 29, 2019 file photo, members of a FUPCEG vigilante group patrol in Xaltianguis, Guerrero state, Mexico. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Thursday, Aug. 22, that he disagreed with his assistant interior secretary’s decision to attend a ceremony with vigilantes, who often call themselves “self-defense” groups. “We cannot have illegal groups performing law enforcement duties. That cannot be allowed,” Lopez Obrador said. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s government appears to be split about whether it should talk to armed vigilante groups, or treat them as criminals.