Guerrero: 4 communal police killed in El Fortín, Tixtla

December 26, 2015

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Image of the funeral of one of the murdered communal police

Photo @Sergio Ocampo

On 27 November were buried the four members of the justice house La Patria es Primero (“The Nation First”), affiliated with the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities-Communal Police (CRAC-PC), who were killed the previous Thursday in Tixtla by presumed members of organized-crime groups.  The prosecutorial office of Guerrero state released a communique reporting that it will “investigate the aggression perpetrated against seven members of the CRAC-PC’s justice house […] in which four of these agents lost their lives in the Tixtla municipality.”  According to the representatives of the justice house in question, behind the execution of their comrades the responsibility likely belongs to the organized-crime groups Los ardillos and Los rojos that are battling over control of the Tixtla plaza.

For more information (in Spanish):

Sepultan a 4 policías comunitarios asesinados en El Fortín, Guerrero (La Jornada, 28 de noviembre de 2015)

Matan en Tixtla a 4 integrantes de la policía comunitaria (La Jornada, 26 de noviembre de 2015)

Asesinato de cuatro policías comunitarios en Tixtla es una declaratoria de guerra: CRAC (Cambio de Michoacan, 27 de noviembre de 2015)

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National: Tensions in Ostula in light of possible transfer of Commander Cemeí

September 10, 2015

(@Cuartoscuro)(@Cuartoscuro)

Tensions in the Nahua community of Santa María Ostula, Aquila municipality, Michoacán, have not ceased since an Army group entered on 19 July to arrest the commander of the communal police, Cemeí Verdía Zepeda, as it attacked a communal blockade, in an act that left a girl of 12 years of age dead, and 10 others injured.

According to Ojarasca, the government announced that it would enter to disarm the communal police (PC).  In light of this threat and the four arrest-orders against the PC commanders, Ostula strengthened its communal defense.  “There are communal-defense patrols all day.  New support commissions are being organized, and the assemblies are determining the way forward,” declared Gregorio Santos García, spokesperson of the community.  Different sources documented testimony regarding the presence of shock-groups and Navy in the region surrounding Ostula.  Santos García added that “we are not confronting them, and we will not do so.  We will instead dialogue.  They are soldiers, and we are not.  What they seek is for us to respond with violence, but we will not.  We will respond with organization.”  In declarations made by Germán Ramírez Sánchez, the substitute commander of the communal police during the absence of Cemeí: “I am saddened because instead of going after the criminals, they come against a community and its self-organization, when all we seek is justice.”

Beyond this, there were developments in the case of the arrest of Commander Cemeí Verdía. He was absolved of the accusation of homicide and bearing of arms for the exclusive use of the Army but then immediately accused of robbery.  This change could lead to his being transferred to the Lázaro Cárdenas prison in Michoacán, where members of the Knights Templar cartel are held.  This is the precise group that the Ostula PC has been organizing against.  The residents of the community fear for the life of the commander, in case the transfer is carried through.

In a communique, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) manifested its concern regarding the allegations of the participation of public forces in grave acts of violence in Mexico, including the events of 19 July in Ostula.  In this way, it reiterated that the affairs that have to do with citizen security should be the sole task of civilian police forces, given that the armed forces are trained for national defense against an external aggressor, and so lack the training to observe the law.  “Moreover, the history of the region shows that the intervention of the armed forces in internal security questions generally is accompanied by human-rights violations.”  It should be stressed that the murder of the Hidilberto girl and the damages incurred by the other 10 injured persons continue to go unpunished, thus contradicting the agreements made with the government.

For more information (in Spanish):

Ostula, en Michoacán, no puede bajar la guardia (Ojarasca, 8 de agosto de 2015)

Comunitarios de Ostula se niegan a desarmarse (La Jornada, 7 de agosto de 2015)

Tensión en Ostula tras movimientos y bloqueos de grupos de choque (DesInformémonos, 7 de agosto de 2015)

CIDH expresa su preocupación respecto de alegaciones de participación de la fuerza pública en hechos de violencia en México (CIDH, 7 de agosto de 2015)

Ostula exige que Cemeí Verdía Zepeda no sea trasladado al penal de Lázaro Cárdenas porque temen por su vida (DesInformémonos, 4 de agosto de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Nation: Denunciations of new attacks against indigenous community of Santa María Ostula, Michoacán (10 June 2015)

Nation: A minor murdered and ten others wounded in Santa María Ostula (16 August 2015)


Guerrero/National: Nestora Salgado, newly accused

June 29, 2015

(@Revolución tres punto cero)

(@Revolución tres punto cero)

Nestora Salgado García, the ex-commander from the Communal Police (PC) of Olinalá, has been told by the Guerrero State Attorney General that she now faces three additional charges, including kidnapping, robbery, and homicide. Her attorney, Sandino Rivero, reported that her new accusers are unknown, and that the identity of the presumed murder victims is also unknown. The charges are still informal, but they will soon be applied against her. Furthermore, he adds that these three new charges were not detailed in her original arrest on 21 August 2013, nearly two years ago. According to CIMAC News, the defense counsel’s analysis is that the State Attorney “had been keeping” these other charges, thus indicating that its office would not desist, despite the calls made by the Guerrero State Governor, Rogelio Ortega.

The PC ex-commander has been imprisoned on three charges of kidnapping of people who were being re-educated at the Justice House in El Paraíso. She is presently being held in the Center for Social Readaptation in Tepepan, where she had been transferred after a hunger-strike that lasted 31 days, one she undertook to demand her transfer and that of her PC comrades who are also imprisoned. Until 29 May, she had been held in the high-security prison in Tepic, Nayarit, 1,100 kilometers from her land of origin.

According to the “Sin Embargo” media, beyond having raised consciousness about irregularities in the health center and promoting unions in Olinalá to re-educational campaigns, Salgado revealed that, before her arrest, she had shown several officials videos evidencing the rapes of children. These authorities then went to an Admiral of the Navy, a General from the Secretary for National Defense (SEDENA), and the then-governor, Ángel Aguirre Rivero, who then committed himself to referring the matter to the Federal Attorney General (PGR), but in the end nothing was investigated. Nestora holds that she surely disturbed powerful interests with her denunciations of these cases of the rapes of children, with this being the actual reason she has been imprisoned.

In an interview with Proceso, she adds that “they are hurt that I have told them that the system is corrupt; they are trying to bury my voice, which was heard.” She assures that the system has failed everyone. “If I am released, as I hope I will (it must be this way), or if I must give my life for this struggle, I will do it. I will not be silent; I am not afraid. I am someone who believes in the systematic re-education of the people (of the CRAC), and I believe we can indeed change many things—not just in Guerrero, but throughout the country.”

For more information (in Spanish):

La delincuencia nos respetó, el que quiso destruirnos fue el gobierno”: Nestora Salgado (Proceso, 22 de junio de 2015)

Ahora Fiscalía de Guerrero acusa a Nestora Salgado de homicidio(Cimac Noticias, 19 de junio de 2015)

Nestora revela que mostró a jefes militares y a Aguirre videos de abuso a menores (Sin Embargo, 22 de junio de 2015)

A punto de ser liberada, la ex comandanta Nestora Salgado acusada de secuestro, robo y homicido, nuevamente (Revolución tres punto cero, 22 de junio de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero/National: Nestora Salgado is transferred to a Mexico City prison (10 June 2015)

Guerrero: Still on hunger strike, Nestora Salgado continues to hope for transfer as her health declines (9 June 2015)

Guerrero: political prisoner Nestora Salgado, coordinator of the Communal Police of Olinalá, begins hunger strike (16 May 2015)

Guerrero: IACHR calls on Mexican government to guarantee medical attention to Nestora Salgado (8 February 2015)


Guerrero/National: Transfer of Nestora Salgado to a Mexico City prison

June 10, 2015

(@La Opinión)

(@La Opinión)

After 17 months of solitary confinement in the federal prison of Tepic, Nayarit, Nestora Salgado was transferred on 29 May to the Femenil Center for Social Readaptation “Tepepan” in Mexico City.

The coordinator of the Communal Police (PC) of Olinalá was arrested on 21 August 2013, accused of kidnapping. After numerous attempts to have her released, on 5 May she undertook a hunger strike and refused to consume liquids for 5 days.

From the Medical Tower of the prison, where Nestora is attempting to recover her physical and menatl health, she declared in an interview with La Jornada: “I do not request amnesty. Everyone knows I am a political prisoner, that I was subjected to an arbitrary arrest. They know that they have violated all my rights, individual and constitutional.”

They wanted to end my life—to make me go crazy. But they failed. I was all those months imprisoned without combing my hair. I didn’t even have the right to a hairbrush or toothbrush.” From this, she demands her release and that of her two comrades from the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC), who have also undertaken hunger strikes, together with a comrade from the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP).

For more information (in Spanish):

Yo no pido amnistía, todo mundo sabe que soy una presa política (La Jornada, 1 de junio de 2015)

Nestora Salgado, en “delicado estado de salud” (Proceso, 1 de junio de 2015)

Trasladan a Nestora Salgado a la ciudad de México (La Jornada, 29 de mayo de 2015)

Activista Nestora Salgado inicia huelga de hambre (Cimac Noticias, 8 de mayo de 2015)

Vuelve a tomar líquidos Nestora Salgado; cumple 26 días en huelga de hambre (El Sur, 31 de mayo de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Still on hunger strike, Nestora Salgado continues to hope for transfer as her health declines (9 June 2015)

Guerrero: political prisoner Nestora Salgado, coordinator of the Communal Police of Olinalá, begins hunger strike (16 May 2015)

Guerrero: IACHR calls on Mexican government to guarantee medical attention to Nestora Salgado (8 February 2015)


Guerrero: Death-threat directed against Nestora Salgado’s daughter and Communal Police commander from Olinalá

October 25, 2014

Saira Rodríguez Salgado (@losangelespress.com)

Saira Rodríguez Salgado (@losangelespress.com)

On 9 October, Saira Rodríguez Salgado, daughter to Nestora Salgado García (a communal police commander from Olinalá who is presently being incarcerated in a high-security prison in Tepic, Nayarit), was threatened with death by telephone.  Her attackers demanded money to avert the murder of communal police officers in Olinalá.

On 10 October, Jesús Coronel Díaz, the current commander of the communal police in Olinalá, similarly was threatened with death from the same telephone number that had contacted Saira Rodríguez Salgado.  These calls were made both to his home and his cellular phone.  The speaker demanded money, threatening to decapitate his daughter.

Roberto López Suárez, member of the Commission on Human Rights of the federal congress, reported that Saira Rodríguez now has police protection, and that Coronel Díaz has refused this means, so as not to frighten his family members.  López Suárez told media that “these threats are worrying, because they come within the context of an insecure and terroristic climate experienced in the state, above all due to the disappearance and murders of students from the Rural Normal school of Ayotzinapa.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Hija de Nestora Salgado denuncia amenazas de muerte en su contra (La Jornada, 10 de octubre de 2014)

Amenazan de muerte a jefe comunitario de Olinalá (La Jornada de Guerrero, 13 de octubre de 2014)

Amenazan de muerte a la hija de Nestora y al jefe de la Comunitaria de Olinalá, denuncian (El Sur de Acapulco, 13 de octubre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: A year after Nestora Salgado’s arrest, organizations demand her immediate release (2 September 2014)

Guerrero/National: Emergence of Committee of Women for the Liberty of Nestora Salgado (2 September 2014)

Guerrero: soldiers and policemen burst into the La Concepción Commmunity after a Cecop assembly in which the case of Marco Antonio Muñoz Suástegui was reported on (29 August 2014)

Guerrero: 14 organizations march in favor of release of CECOP’s Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz (20 July 2014)

Guerrero: Arrest of a leader of the opposition to the La Parota Dam (23 June 2014)

Guerrero: Navy kidnaps coordinator of CRAC en Olinalá (13 September 2013)


Oaxaca: 75 arrests following march on 2 October

October 11, 2014

Foto @ Noticias Net

Photo @ Noticias Net

Like similar actions taken throughout Mexico, the 2 October march in Oaxaca was made to commemorate the 46 years since the Tlatelolco massacre and to express rejection of the grave murders and disappearances of students from Ayotzinapa in Iguala, in addition to other situations of violence experienced in Mexico.  The march in Oaxaca resulted in the arrest of 75 persons (44 females and 31 males), the majority of whom were minors.  It was also reported that members of the Indigenous Organization for Human Rights in Oaxaca (OIDHO) and of Section 22 of the National Union of Educational Workers (SNTE) were arrested.  The press bulletin released by OIDHO details that “at the bus stop to return home, eight members of the youth commission of our organization, one of them being a minor and several of the others being communal human-rights defenders, were victimized by an arbitrary arrest by the municipal and state police […].  After subjecting the youth in question to a brutal beating which angered neighbors and other passersby on the same street, they were carried off to two police trucks, and under constant physical and psychological abuse were transferred to the offices of the Secretary for Public (In)Security in San Bartolo Coyotepec.”

Norma Cruz Vázquez, the regional representative of Section 22 of the SNTE, confirmed the release of the 57 normalist students of the Normalist Student Coordination of Oaxaca (CENEO) who had been arrested as the presumed perpetrators of the destruction and vandalizations committed by a group of “anarchists” against at least 8 commercial establishments, an ATM, the offices of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), and the Palace for Governance.

For more information (in Spanish):

Policía en Oaxaca detiene a estudiantes normalistas (Sección 22, 2 de octubre de 2014)

Liberan a normalistas tras detención ‘arbitraria’ por disturbios en marcha; ningún ‘anarquista’ detenido (Noticias Net, 3 de octubre de 2014)

Saldo de la marcha conmemorativa del 2 de octubre en Oaxaca: 75 personas detenidas (Kaos en la Red, 2 de octubre de 2014)

Con 37 marchas, bloqueos y daños a comercios se conmemoró la matanza del 2 de octubre de 1968 (Página 3, 2 de octubre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: More confrontations and repression against social movement, 2 October (25 October 2013)


Guerrero/National: Emergence of Committee of Women for the Liberty of Nestora Salgado, a member of the Communal Police who has been imprisoned for nearly a year

September 2, 2014

 Conformación del Comité #NestoraLibre (@CimacNoticias)Members of the Committee #FreeNestora (@CimacNoticias)

On 14 August, in a press-conference held in Mexico City, female activists, journalists, students, academics, social activists, and women in solidarity announced the founding of the Women’s committee #FreeNestora to demand the release of Nestora Salgado García, a commander of the Communal Police in Olinalá, Guerrero, who is about to complete a full year’s imprisonment in the federal prison of Tepic, Nayarit. The Committee demands that she be immediately transferred to a facility in Mexico City.

It should be recalled that Nestora was arrested by police and Navy units on 21 August 2013, thereafter charged with aggravated kidnapping and organized crime. Though she has been absolved of the federal crimes of which she has been accused, she continues to be held in Tepic.

At the conference, her daughter Saira Rodríguez denounced that Nestora has not had the chance to meet with lawyer, despite having requested one for more than six months, and that she has had her right to visit restricted, just as there has been a lack of medications that Nestora requires, with this being the reason that there is now a petition for precautionary measures to be awarded to her by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

The women who comprise the Committee reported that they will carry out support actions both on social networks as well as physically in Mexico and the U.S., given that Nestora Salgado is a citizen of both countries. In this way, they called on civil society to unite and organize the struggle for the release of Commander Nestora Salgado, as well as of all other political prisoners.

For more information (in Spanish):

Exigen liberación de Nestora Salgado; conforman comité de apoyo (Centro PRODH, 15 de agosto de 2014)

Surge comité por la libertad de líder comunitaria Nestora Salgado (Cimac Noticias, 14 de agosto de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: Nestora Salgado, communal police officer from Guerrero, and Cherán community are recipients of the 2014 “Don Sergio Méndez Arceo” Human Rights Prize (23 April 2014)

Guerrero: Navy kidnaps coordinator of CRAC en Olinalá (13 September 2013)