On 3 September, Tita Radilla, Martha Obeso, Norma Mesino, Sofía Méndoza, and Julia Alonso, being social activists from different regions of Guerrero state, visited the political prisoner Nestora Salgado, coordinator of the Communal Police in Olinalá, Guerrero. The social activists explained that“we came to visit Nestora to encourage her and tell her that we are struggling for her liberty.” The five women mobilized themselves in Mexico City to express their solidarity with Nestora Salgado, who is currently incarcerated in the Xochimilco prison. At the end of their visit, they affirmed that “she continues to be strong.” A representative from the Free Nestora Committee that is operating in Mexico City also visited, announcing that a tour in Guerrero would soon be launched. This visit forms part of the struggle against impunity that is lived in Guerrero, the activists added. Nestora Salgado undertook a hunger strike on 26 August 2015, 11 months after the forcible disappearance of the 43 student-teachers from Ayotzinapa. She has been imprisoned for two years.
In the first major international news coverage of Nestora Salgado, The Guardian offers a stirring look at Nestora’s steadfast dedication to ending the rule of cartels in Mexico.
Nestora Salgado is not a woman who caves in easily.
A child bride who soon became a single mother of three, Salgado was still a teenager when she left her hometown in the mountains of southern Mexico to rebuild her life in the US.
Two decades later, she returned home to lead an armed rebellion against drug traffickers and corrupt local authorities – only to be accused of kidnapping and imprisoned.
Salgado spent 21 months in a high-security jail until a hunger strike galvanized international support for her case and helped secure her transfer last month to the medical wing of a more relaxed facility.
Now, in her first interview with the international press, Salgado argued that she was guilty of nothing more than helping her community stand up to the narcosand their corrupt political allies, and called on the Mexican government to release her and drop all the charges.
by Matilde Pérez U.
Nestora Salgado, Community Police commander in Olinalá, Guerrero, who was transfered last week from a federal high security prison in Nayarit to one in Mexico City, agreed to lift the hunger strike she maintained for nearly a month. This was in response to the request of her family and the promise of Guerrero Governor Rogelio Ortega that Arturo Campos and Gonzalo Medina, her colleagues from the Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities (CRAC), will be transferred from a federal prison in the State of Mexico to Guerrero.
Thursday morning, Guerrero Governor Rogelio Ortega Martínez visited Nestora Salgado in the Tepepan Prison Medical Tower, where she has been held under observation since May 29. The Governor arrived at about 10:30 AM accompanied by his wife, Rosa Icela Ojeda Rivera, and one of Nestora’s daughters. Sources in the prison report that the visit lasted about two hours. Continue reading
On Friday, June 5, Nestora suspended her hunger strike after six Community Police members were moved from prisons in distant areas of Guerrero state, to a local jail near their homes. Nestora, however, remains ready to resume her hunger strike if she is not freed. She is also demanding the transfer to Guerrero of two Community Police leaders, Gonzalo Molina (who also ended his hunger strike when Nestora did) and Arturo Campos. They are currently in maximum security prisons far from their families.
This weekend there was heavy government repression against activists in Oaxaca, Guerrero, Michoacán and Jalisco who were protesting the federal elections. The protesters say the elections are a farce and are demanding the release of political prisoners, an accounting for the disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa, and an end to school privatization plans.
U.S. military aid and equipment is being used to by the Mexican government to brutally suppress internal political dissent. End Plan Merida!
Leaders of the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE), a Mexican trade union whose leaders have been camped out at the Monument to the Revolution in Mexico City while in negotiations with the Secretary of the Interior, joined a demonstration in support of Nestora Salgado today. One of the banners which led the march was brought to Mexico by the delegates of the US Campaign to Free Nestora Salgado, an ex-comandante of the community police in Olinála, Guerrero. The families of other political prisoners and teachers marched to the Tepepan prison where Salgado is being held, after she was moved at the beginning of the week from a federal maximum security prison in Tepic, Nayarit. Spirits were high as she waved out the window of her hospital room.
June 4, 2015. Photo by Pablo Ramos.
KPBS has released their coverage of the protest at the San Diego Mexican Consulate on Monday. The entire article is worth reading, but the end is especially powerful.
Felix Garcia, a San Diego resident in his 60s who strummed on his guitar and song revolution-era songs outside of the consulate, hadn’t eaten in more than three days.
“I feel weak and hungry, but my conviction is stronger,” he said.
Garcia said he looks up to Salgado because of her defense of indigenous communities in Guerrero, one of Mexico’s poorest states.
“She represents resistance. Liberty. Freedom,” he said.
FSRN has released a stirring audio story detailing Nestora Salgado’s struggle and her recent decision to go on hunger strike. You can listen to the story and read their coverage of Nestora by clicking here.
On November 16, New York City FSP leader Stephen Durham spoke at Union Square on behalf of the Campaign to Free Nestora Salgado. The event was a rally to protest Mexican political oppression and the disappearance of 43 students from the Escuela Normal Rural Raúl Isidro Burgos in Guerrero, Mexico.
A pesar del gran apoyo el 21 de agosto del año presente, ganar la libertad para Nestora y sus compañeros aún queda por delante de nosotros.
El 21 de agosto marcó el primer aniversario de la encarcelación de Nestora Salgado en una prisión federal en Tepic, Nayarit. Con su apoyo, el movimiento para liberar a Nestora y a otros presos políticos en México ha crecido internacionalmente, pero la victoria sigue siendo difícil de alcanzar.
La masacre el 26 de septiembre en Guerrero de cerca de 50 estudiantes, en un ataque coordinado por la policía y los criminales, es una prueba más de que tenemos nuestro trabajo por nosotros. Estos asesinatos han llamado la atención internacional sobre la corrupción de las figuras que son responsables de tener a Nestora tras las rejas: el gobernador de Guerrero, Ángel Aguirre, quien se niega a liberar a Nestora a pesar de la orden de un juez federal, y el Presidente Peña Nieto quien ha presidido el encarcelamiento de cientos de hombres y mujeres que se han levantado en contra de la violencia y la corrupción en otros estados y ciudades.
Para mantener viva y creciendo esta campaña, necesitamos su apoyo financiero
continuado. Su contribución será utilizada para ampliar la difusión pública, ayudar a las
familias de clase obrera de otros presos en Guerrero y los enormes costos asociados con la representación legal de Nestora. Cuánto podemos lograr depende de viejos partidarios de Nestora como usted.