For , see Knights Templar (disambiguation) and Templar (disambiguation).

Template:Infobox Criminal organization The Knights Templar Cartel (Spanish: Caballeros Templarios) is a Mexican criminal organization and an offshoot of the La Familia Michoacana drug cartel based in the Mexican state of Michoacán.[1][2]

After the death of Nazario Moreno González, leader of the La Familia Michoacana cartel,[2] the other cartel co-founders, Enrique Plancarte Solís and Servando Gómez Martínez, formed an offshoot of La Familia calling itself Caballeros Templarios (or Knights Templar).[1][2][3] Dionicio Loya Plancarte would also join.[4]

The Knights Templar Cartel indoctrinate its operatives to "fight and die" for what they call "social justice".[5] They have taken full control of the now extinct La Familia Michoacana operations in states like Michoacán, Guerrero, State of Mexico, Morelos. Its armed wing is La Resistencia.

Narco-banners for the Pope[edit | edit source]

On 17 March 2012 in the state of Guanajuato, the Knights Templar Cartel put up several banners on bridges welcoming the Pope Benedict XVI, and pledging to not provoke any violent acts during the pope's visit.[6] The 14 banners read the following:

The Knights Templar Cartel will not partake in any warlike acts, we are not killers, welcome Pope.[7]

The banners were put up in the municipalities of León, San Miguel de Allende, Irapuato, Salamanca, Yuriria, Moroleón, and Uriangato.[6] Other banners were allegedly signed by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.[8] Pope Benedict XVI was scheduled for a visit on 23 March 2012 in Guanajuato.[9]

See also[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Mexico police raid 'La Familia drug cartel', killing 11". BBC News. 28 May 2011. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-13586444. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Prevén arrecie lucha por lugar del 'Chayo' en Michoacán" (in Spanish). Reforma (Terra). 29 May 2011. http://www.terra.com.mx/noticias/articulo/1122023/Preven+arrecie+lucha+por+lugar+del+Chayo+en+Michoacan.htm. Retrieved 2011-05-29. 
  3. Heffernan-Tabor, Kelly (29 May 2011). "Mexican Authorities Arrest 46 Suspected Drug Gang Members". WFMY News 2. http://www.digtriad.com/news/article/177210/175/Mexican-Authorities-Arrest-46-Suspected-Drug-Gang-Members. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  4. http://blogs.mcclatchydc.com/mexico/2011/06/one-capo-falls-others-move-in.html
  5. "Criminales del Medievo; hallan túnicas de Caballeros Templarios" (in Spanish). El Universal. 20 July 2011. http://www.excelsior.com.mx/index.php?m=nota&id_nota=754520&photo=12. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Con mantas, Templarios dan bienvenida al papa y prometen tregua durante su visita". Proceso. 17 March 2012. http://www.proceso.com.mx/?p=301246. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  7. Template:Es icon ""Caballeros Templarios" ofrecen tregua por visita del Papa". Milenio. 18 March 2012. http://impreso.milenio.com/node/9131321. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  8. Template:Es icon "Caballeros Templarios le dan la bienvenida al Papa". Terra Networks. 17 March 2012. http://noticias.terra.com.mx/mexico/el-papa-en-mexico/caballeros-templarios-le-dan-la-bienvenida-al-papa,6e298939a6326310VgnVCM4000009bf154d0RCRD.html. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  9. "Pope’s visit to Guanajuato puts spotlight on magical Guanajuato". The Washington Post. 7 March 2012. http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/popes-visit-to-guanajuato-puts-spotlight-on-magical-guanajuato/2012/03/07/gIQAf0huwR_story.html. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 

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