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Michoacan's vigilante 'el doctor' stands up to Mexico's Knights Templar cartel

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A Mexican army soldier stands guard beside a placard with pictures of alleged drug cartels members already arrested during the presentation to the press on May 21, 2012 in Mexico City.

There's a standoff happening between a rag tag group of townspeople in Mexico's Michoacan state and the violent drug cartels that wield power there.

Over the last year, there's been a growing movement of ordinary citizens defending their towns against the influence of gangsters. 

McClatchy reporter Tim Johnson recently wrote about one of their leaders, a fascinating man known, simply as "El Doctor." 


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