Federal judge frees Semeí Verdía

A federal judge has now ordered the release, on grounds of lack of evidence against him, of Semeí Verdía, communal police commander from the indigenous community of Ostula and coordinator of the autodefensas (self-defence forces) of the municipalities of Aquila, Coahuayana and Chinicuila on the Pacific coast of Michoacán.

Although this is good news, it remains to be seen whether the role of the federal and state government security forces in the region, as described in previous posts and my recent book, will now also change for the better as far as local people are concerned, assuming that the policy of disarming the local self-defence forces continues in force.