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Argentine vigilantes forming lynch parties to fight drug gangs, bishop fears

April 10, 2014

Bishop Juan Ruben Martinez of Posadas, Argentina, has called attention to a disturbing outbreak of vigilante violence against suspected criminals, the Fides news service reports.

Bishop Martinez decried “the high number of lynchings” in troubled neighborhoods, saying that the trend shows that “many people feel very fragile and defenseless.” Groups have residents have formed vigilante associations to fight back against gangs, he reported, and “the link with drugs is clear.”


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