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Fight against Mexican drug cartel has deep roots in California

by Michael Montgomery, The California Report | Take Two®

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Apatzingán, Michoacán a 2 de marzo del 2014.- Durante la tarde de este domingo se reunieron alrededor de 400 personas para realizar la conformación del Consejo Ciudadano Central, en el que asistieron los 3 consejeros oficiales, José Manuel Mireles, Hipólito Mora, Estanislao Beltrán y el Padre Goyo, en su primera reunión decidieron pedir la renuncia del presidente municipal y amagaron con tomar para mañana la presidencia de esta cabecera municipal. Foto Alan Ortega Alan_Ortega

In Mexico, the federal government has given groups of armed civilians until this weekend to demobilize or join a new rural defense force. The militias have been fighting a powerful drug cartel and their efforts resonate deeply with hundreds of thousands of people in California, who have roots in the western Mexican state. 

It's a story we've been following closely on this program. Last month, we looked at ties between families in Los Angeles and Michoacan. 

For the California Report, Michael Montgomery traveled to the region to see how the situation is playing out on both sides of the border. 

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