Fault Lines travels to the troubled Mexican state of Michoacán to find out what happens when vigilante groups take on powerful drug cartels.
Thousands of vigilantes have taken up arms to fight the Knights Templar drug cartel that has been terrorizing communities in the state of Michoacán. Businessmen, farmers, and even doctors have gone on the offensive to take back their towns and protect their families from extortion, rape, and murder at the hands of organized crime.
Fault Lines travels to the western Mexican state to follow the chaos unfolding there and examine how the federal government is attempting to control the complex situation on the ground.
Is this a popular uprising, or part of the same never-ending cycle of armed conflict that has routinely scarred the people of this agricultural state?
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