Published On: Wed, Jan 10th, 2018

Tancítaro, “avocado capital of the world” has become an independent city-state: NYT

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According to the New York Times, some Mexican towns are quietly breaking away, as they loose faith in the State.

TANCÍTARO, Michoacán — The road to this agricultural town winds through the slums and cartel-controlled territory of Michoacán, ground zero for Mexico’s drug war, before arriving at a sight so strange it can seem like a mirage.

Fifteen-foot stone turrets are staffed by men whose green uniforms belong to no official force. Beyond them, a statue of an avocado bears the inscription “avocado capital of the world.” And beyond the statue is Tancítaro, an island of safety and stability amid the most violent period in Mexico’s history.

Tancítaro, Michoacán, Mexico. Avocado capital of the World (Photo: Pinterest)

Local orchard owners, who export over $1 million in avocados per day, mostly to the United States, underwrite what has effectively become an independent city-state. Self-policing and self-governing, it is a sanctuary from drug cartels as well as from the Mexican state.

Tancítaro is only 214 miles southwest of San Miguel (Image: Google)

Tancítaro is only 214 miles southwest of San Miguel (Image: Google)

Click here for full article on The New York Times

Source: The New York Times

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