Kaosenlared: “Nestora Salgado convoca a movilizaciones por la libertad de las y los presos políticos”

Desde la Torre Médica Tepepan, Nestora Salgado hizo un llamado para que la sociedad mexicana se movilice el próximo 27 de octubre de 2015 por las personas que se encuentran presas por motivos políticos y por las y los activistas y periodistas que han sido asesinados por levantar la voz en contra de los malos gobiernos. Nestora Salgado se encuentra presa desde hace poco más de 2 años a porque, al sumarse a la Policía Comunitaria de su pueblo, desafió a los criminales que se encuentran tanto dentro como fuera de la administración pública. Nestora Salgado se enfrentó al poder capitalista y patriarcal para defender los intereses de su pueblo Olinalá, en el estado de Guerrero.

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Amerika 21: “Weitere Prozesse gegen Koordinatorin von Bürgerwehr in Mexiko”

Some German coverage of Nestora’s case from Amerika 21:

Gegen die seit zwei Jahren im Gefängnis sitzende Leiterin der Regionalen Koordination der kommunalen Bürgerwehr (CRAC-PC) der Gemeinde Olinalá im mexikanischen Bundestaat Guerrero, Nestora Salgado García, werden zwei weitere Strafprozesse wegen Totschlags und Freiheitsberaubung eröffnet. Dies hat ihr Anwalt, Leonel Rivero, vergangene Woche bekannt gemacht.

Damit gibt es nun insgesamt fünf Prozesse gegen Salgado, die seit Mai 2015 im Frauengefängnis “Tepepan” in Mexiko-Stadt einsitzt. Dort steht sie aufgrund der schweren Folgen eines 25-tägigen Hungerstreiks unter ärztlicher Beobachtung. In dem vorigen Gefängnis im Bundesstaat Nayarit bekam Salgado weder sauberes Trinkwasser noch medizinische Versorgung und erhielt Morddrohnungen von anderen Insassen.

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Stephen Durham – U.S Campaign to Free Nestora Salgado press conference comments (English/español)

U.S Campaign to Free Nestora Salgado
Centro de Derechos Humanos Miguel Agustín Pro Juarez, A.C.
Centro Prodh
Monday, June 1, 2015

Good afternoon. As a representative of the U.S. delegation of the U.S. Free Nestora Campaign, we are here to show our solidarity with the people of Mexico who continue to take to the streets for justice.

We also are here to demand that President Peña Nieto free Nestora Salgado and all the many political prisoners especially Gonzalo Molina and Arturo Campos, currently on hunger strikes together with Nestora.

The first Free Nestora Committee was organized together Nestora’s family in 2013 in Seattle, Washington. From there, the Campaign to Free Nestora grew in collaboration with the Comité Nestora Libre here in Mexico.

Today, the Campaign is an international effort, demanding freedom in several states in my country, and also in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Argentina and Europe.

We recognize that Mexico suffers from a government that receives military and financial aid from the United States under Plan Mérida, and know that this has bloody consequences for the Mexican people. We denounce the Plan Mérida and recognize that it is the job of us who live in the U.S. end it.

The partial victory of Nestora transfer from a high security prison a few days ago took place only due to the bravery of Nestora and the pressure of an international movement that continues to demand her freedom. We all need to remain strong until all political prisoners are free.

I know that our movement in alliance with other movements for justice in our hemisphere has the capacity to bring about the changes we all need as activists, workers, immigrants, as indigenous peoples and as women like Nestora Salgado and men like Gonzalo Molina and Arturo Campos.

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Nestora end hunger strike (June 5)

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!

A brief but heartening glimpse of Nestora.

Nestora Prison WindowPabloRamos

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.

TeleSUR: “Teachers’ Protests Fill Mexico City Streets”

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.

Reporting San Diego: “Activists Were Invited Briefly Inside of the Mexican Consulate”

We’ve received a promising update from San Diego:

June 3, 2015 (San Diego) Activists from multiple community groups arrived in front of the Mexican Consulate at 5 in the afternoon. They came expecting a response from the Consulate on the letter they turned in on Monday.

The group is committed to getting a response; their demand is the freedom of Nestora Salgado. While her imprisonment is no longer at the high security prison in Nayarit, but now at a mid-security prison in Mexico City, she remains in a hunger strike, now at the 30 day mark.

When they arrived outside the consulate they waited a short time and then they told the security guard they had an appointment with the Consul. They expected to be received by General Consul of Mexico in San Diego Remedios Gomez Arrau. Instead Alternate Consul Fernando Vargas received them.

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