Almost 7,000 people have taken the fight against organized crime as a personal cause making up a “community police.”
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In the rugged mountains of Guerrero, the most violent state in a Mexico awash in blood, the civilians who have taken up arms to protect their communities often tell a similar story.They kidnapped my brother for four months," Ramos, 30, told AFP.He was freed by the Mexican marines in a raid, and decided to become a vigilante, protecting his town, Teloloapan, from the more than 20 drug cartels and criminal gangs sowing terror in Guerrero.The southern state registered 2,318 murders last year – the most violent state in a year that set a record for violence in Mexico, with 25,339 murders nationwide.Across Mexico, more than 200,000 people have been killed in a wave of bloodshed that has engulfed the country since the government deployed the army to fight drug cartels in 2006 . Leaders say there are 7,000 community policemen in the surrounding area.
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