Mexico protects wounded leader of citizen militia trying to fight off cartels

By Joshua Partlow, January 9, 2014

MEXICO CITY — Fifty federal police officers armed with black assault rifles guard the gates of an exclusive private hospital in this cosmopolitan capital.

They are patrolling the polished stone lobby, standing sentry under palm trees, surveilling the Starbucks. Private security guards and local police man the doors, driveways and elevators.

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