Conflict & Justice

Mexican Village Fed Up With Gangs and Illegal Loggers, Sets Up Own Government

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Before the town took control, more than 200 trucks with stolen timber would come in and out of the forest through the town. (Photo: Isabella Cota Schwarz)

An indigenous village in Mexico got fed up with gangs and illegal loggers acting with impunity.

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So they kicked them out, kicked out their local authorities and set up their own government.

And some other villages are looking at it too.

Reporter Annie Murphy has the story.

[Photos: Isabella Cota Schwarz]

This story was produced in collaboration with reporter Isabella Cota and Round Earth Media's Mexico Reporting Project.An indigenous village in Mexico got fed up with gangs and illegal loggers acting with impunity. So they kicked them out, kicked out their local authorities and set up their own government. And some other villages are looking at it too. Reporter Annie Murphy has the story.

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