Posted: Aug 14, 2013 2:40 PM by Associated Press
Updated: Aug 14, 2013 3:22 PM
MEXICO CITY (AP) - A group of farmers and businessmen from the western Mexico state of Michoacan are demanding the government withdraw thousands of federal police sent in to fight a local drug cartel.
The group cited a long list of what it claimed were abuses by federal police.
While the group denied any links to the Knights Templar drug cartel, its news conference Wednesday coincided with a rare public relations campaign by the cartel.
The cartel's leader also raged against federal police in a videotaped statement posted over the weekend on social media sites.
Both the cartel and the group of businessmen railed against "self-defense" groups set up by residents in several Michoacan towns to fight off the Knights Templar.
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