Similiar to me, I assume everyone needs a government to function. However, if you assume that like I did you would be wrong. The town, Cheránlocated in the violent state of Michoacán, will not be taking part in this years Mexican Election.
“The only thing the parties have done is divide us,” said Salvador Ceja, Cherán’s communal lands commissioner. “Not just here – in the entire country.”
With the corrupt police and local politicians with the protection a local drug cartel has, Cherán’s people decided they’d had enough. In April 2011, the people kicked out the mayor and banished political parties as well, convinced of the notion that the government’s infighting had allowed their town to fall into crisis. This constant arguing between politicians seen here is similar to the U.S. because the people felt that this constant arguing meant that “the villagers could not come together to confront major problems.”
After they kicked the mayor out of office, Cherán now run their town with a council made up of 12 people. They will elect a new council on July 1st, the same day as the presidential election, but if anyone wishes to vote for the president they will have to travel elsewhere because Cherán will have no ballot boxes for the presidential election.
According to the article before the uprising, “local politicians not only turned a blind eye to drug trafficking and extortion, but financed their campaigns with illegal logging and attempted to seize control of common lands.”
Studies have shown that the council they now have managed to contain most of the corruption. From what I see, all Cherán wants is peace. They want safety for their people, their own lives, and most importantly their entire community and government. Having the government they had previously didn’t do the job for them. A community should be allowed to change the government or not take part in it if they believe it causes more harm than help.