500 vigilantes gather in Mexico town, pledge to aid police

  • Members of the so-called self-defense group known as United Towns or Pueblos Unidos, gather for a rally in Nuevo Urecho, in the Mexican western state of Michoacan, Saturday Nov. 27, 2021. Extortion of avocado growers in western Mexico has gotten so bad that 500 vigilantes from the “self-defense” group gathered Saturday and pledged to aid police. (AP Photo/Armando Solis)

NUEVO URECHO, Mexico — Extortion of avocado growers in western Mexico has gotten so bad that 500 vigilantes from a so-called “self-defense” group known as United Towns, or Pueblos Unidos, gathered Saturday and pledged to aid police.

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