On May 17th, the human rights defender from Guerrero, Kenia Hernandez Montalvan, who has been in a federal women’s prison in Morelos since October 26th, began a hunger strike, as a protest against what she considers the constant criminalization of her case by the Attorney General’s Office (FGE) and Federal Roads and Bridges (CAPUFE), bodies that have refused to accept a reparatory agreement with the accused. Another example of criminalization pointed out by her lawyer, Antonio Lara Duque, representative of the Zerefino Ladrillero Human Rights Center, is that she should not remain in prison since the crimes she is accused of are not considered serious.
Faced with this situation, groups and collectives that have shown their support for the activist, in particular the Popular Front of the La Montaña and the Zapata Vive Libertarian Collective, installed a permanent sit-in at the Ministry of the Interior in Mexico City, from where they also visited the representation of the European Union to present the case.
The following day, the “Zeferino Ladrillero” Human Rights Center accused the judiciary of demonstrating “arrogance, ignorance, imposition and contempt for people of indigenous origin”, not only because Judge Jorge Gonzalez Rivera has questioned the indigenous (Amuzgos) origins of Kenia Hernandez, but because he ordered the arrest of her defense attorney forcing him to present an interpreter.
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Giran orden de arresto contra el abogado Lara Duque, defensor de la activista Kenia Hernández (ADN Político, 19 de mayo de 2021)
El Poder Judicial demuestra prepotencia, ignorancia, imposición y desprecio hacía las personas de origen indígena: Lara Duque (CDH Zeferino Ladrillero, 19 de mayo de 2021)
La activista Kenia Hernández inicia huelga de hambre en la cárcel (La Jornada, 18 de mayo de 2021)
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