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In Cherán, Reclaiming the Forests and the Right to Feel Safe 

"Inside the town, they say, crime is now down almost to zero and most residents seem to feel safe. In recent days, however, people from nearby communities have taken several federal police officers captive, demanding that the newly instated forest patrols be canceled so that they can continue their logging activities. (The officers have since been released.) It is unclear if the hostage-takers were illegal loggers, but tensions are flaring in Cherán as the rest of the country looks on with concern."

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Image: Women and children around a fire used to help guard the streets of Cherán, Michoacán, against armed loggers. Credit: Rodrigo Cruz.