Taking the Law Into Their Own Hands.

After villagers in and around Ayulta, Mexico, rose up in armed revolt against criminal groups and state and federal authorities, life began getting back to normal after years of insecurity.In surrounding communities, militias forbid the Mexican army and state and federal police from entering. They have instituted a curfew and detained numerous people they suspect of involvement with criminal gangs.

Crime is way down in Ayutla—for the moment, at least. Residents say kidnapping ceased when the militias took charge.

Shot for the Wall Street Journal.

Editor: Matthew Craig