Keep pressure up to free Nestora Salgado
Megan Cornish
volume:  
volume 36
issue 6
December 2015

As the third year of Nestora Salgado’s unjust imprisonment begins, her supporters continue to organize in Mexico, the USA and internationally for her release. Salgado, a U.S. citizen, was jailed in Mexico in 2013 on manufactured kidnapping charges. It was a political attack on the indigenous community police of Guerrero state. She headed the Olinalá local body.

Call for unity to free all political prisoners. On October 7, Salgado issued a statement calling for the release of Dr. José Manuel Mireles and other members of self-defense forces in the state of Michoacán; the 12 community police of Guerrero, including Arturo Campos and Gonzalo Molina; 25 people detained at once in Oaxaca; and scores of political prisoners in Puebla.

She also called for the release of Orlando Barrantes in Costa Rica, a leader of banana workers who has recently received a 12-year prison sentence (see page 8).

Salgado hailed the organization of Mexico’s Comité Nacional de Presos Políticos (CNPP) and appealed to supporters to go on the offensive to build public pressure.

In response, on October 27, the anniversary of the day in 2012 that the people of Olinalá first rallied to defend themselves, they marched again to free Nestora and all political prisoners.

Additionally, there were two press conferences jointly organized by the Comité Nestora Libre and CNPP in Oaxaca City and Mexico City.

The two Comités Nestora Libre also organized a collection campaign of reading materials and handicraft supplies to generate income for jailed indigenous community police and their families in Guerrero. In the U.S., the Seattle Free Nestora Committee donated $100 to the community police political prisoners.

Press State Department to act. On October 21, the Human Rights Commission of the OAS met in Washington, D.C., on Salgado’s case. Attendees included the Mexican federal official in charge of human rights; Guerrero state officials; one of Salgado’s Seattle lawyers, Alejandra Gonza; and one of her Mexican lawyers. Nestora’s husband, José Avila, and daughter, Grisel Rodriguez, also went.

For the first time, a representative of the U.S. State Department came, demonstrating that the Twitter mobilization to Secretary of State John Kerry, which was organized by the U.S. Free Nestora Campaign for the August 21 second anniversary of Salgado’s imprisonment, was effective. Now to keep the pressure up on the State Department! Keep posted on upcoming events at freenestora.org and the FreeNestora Facebook page.

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