Street Justice

A villager armed with a baseball bat guarded the entrance to the village of Castanas, Guatemala, Tuesday. Villagers said they formed an armed group to defend themselves in response to an extortion threat from the Mara Salvatrucha criminal gang. (Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters)

Hooded men look for members of the Salvatrucha gang on board a bus in Castanas, a neighborhood on the southern outskirts of Guatemala City, on July 19. (Johan Ordonez / AFP – Getty Images)

Hooded men interrogate a man, suspected to belong to the Salvatrucha gang, in Castanas on July 19. (Johan Ordonez / AFP – Getty Images)

Hooded men stand guard at the entrance to the Castanas neighborhood on July 19. (Johan Ordonez / AFP – Getty Images)

Armed and masked men stand guard at the entrance to the Castanas neighborhood in the southern outskirts of Guatemala City, to prevent an attack of the Salvatrucha gang. The residents of Castanas have been threatened and extorted by members of the Salvatrucha gang, and as a way to defend themselves, they decided to organize their own armed gang. (Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images)


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