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!
Thousands of angry teachers took to the streets of the Mexican capital to protest labor policies that they charge are a step toward privatization of public education and put their workplace rights in jeopardy.
In addition to protesting against these policies, the teachers also called for the release of political prisoners, particularly Nestora Salgado. The protests coincided with the Campaign to Free Nestora Salgado’s visit to Mexico City. Campaign member Stephen Durham and Nestora Salgado’s daughter Grisel Rodriguez are also featured in the video.
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.
Nestora Salgado, courageous champion of her indigenous community and a political prisoner in Mexico, is on a hunger strike. She began refusing food on May 5th and intends “to take this to the bitter end,” according to her attorney Leonel Rivero Rodriguez.
The Freedom for Nestora Committee is contacting you because we need your financial support to help win Nestora’s freedom at this critical juncture.
In a recent article covering U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Boeing’s plant in Renton, WA – where Nestora Salgado lived for years – Seattle Globalist described the supporters of Nestora who showed up not only to protest the TPP trade deal, but also to raise awareness of the political prisoner’s troubles. The Globalist’s coverage follows:
…Also outside the Boeing plant were supporters of Nestora Salgado, the Renton woman who has been jailed in Mexico after running a community police force. Her husband, Jose Luis Avila, and her daughter, Grisel Rodriguez, were among the picketers vying for Kerry’s attention.
“Integrantes de la Policía Comunitaria y familiares de Nestora Salgado en conferencia de prensa informaron que el martes pasado la comandante de esa corporación popular comenzó una huelga de hambre para protestar por los malos tratos y la discriminación que ha sufrido en el penal de máxima seguridad El Rincón, ubicado en Tepic, Nayarit.
‘Lo único que Nestora Salgado pedía era que las autoridades le mejoraran su alimentación dentro del penal debido a sus problemas gastrointestinales, cosa que no fue bien vista por los custodios que se encargaban de vigilarla. Por ello, ese mismo momento decidió realizar una huelga de hambre’, indicó Cleotilde Salgado, hermana de la comandante. “