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Government forces move in, aiming to quell clashes between vigilantes and members of the powerful Knights Templar drug cartel, but confidence in officials is shaky. The government’s campaign to end the violence quickly turned deadly, with a confrontation Tuesday between soldiers and civilians, who witnesses say were unarmed.
Jan. 11, 2014The window of a bank is riddled with bullet holes in the town of Apatzingan in Michoacan state, Mexico. Residents from various towns in Michoacan are destroying property to protest the arrival of vigilantes, or members of “self-defense" groups, to their communities. Vigilante groups have formed to confront the Knights Templar drug cartel that operates in parts of Michoacan; Mexican soldiers have since moved in to try to quash the resulting violence.Eduardo Verdugo/AP