Much of the state of Michoacán languished without electricity yesterday after the Knights Templar drug cartel crippled power plants and torched filling stations. The cartel was responding to protests that called for vigilante protection from the cartel’s extortion, kidnapping and violence. That hasn’t deterred protesters, although one anti-cartel march ended in a shootout in the central city of Apatzingán. Others demonstrated at a nearby army base, calling for an end of federal support for the pro-vigilante, anti-cartel movement. Five men have been found dead, though sources disagree on whose side they belonged.