Guerrero: CRAC makes announcement in favor of release of arrested coordinators

September 16, 2013

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Nestora Salgado and José Ávila, foto @Los Ángeles Press

On 31 August, in the Playa Larga colony, at a regional assembly which dealt principally with the budget recently assigned them by governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero, the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC) pronounced itself in favor of the release of Nestora Salgado García and Bernardino García Francisco, coordinators from Olinalá y Ayutla, and the 21 communal police who have similarly been detained, in addition to publicly denouncing militarization in communal lands.  The coordinator of the justice house in San Luis Acatlán, Eliseo Villar Castillo, was found guilty of the mistake of having signed an agreement with the government which would officially integrate the communal police into the State structure.  Villar Castillo testified that he had no other option but to accept the imposed credentialing process, as had been agreed to by the rest of the coordinators from San Luis Acatlán, so as to slow down the forcible disarmament processes overseen by the Army.

In other news, Jośe Luis Ávila Baez, husband to Nestora Salgado García, or Commander Nestora, undertook an indefinite hunger strike starting on 28 August in his city of residence in Seattle, Washington.  Nestora Salgado, coordinator of the Communal Police of Olinala, which is associated with the CRAC-PC, has been accused of kidnapping criminals.  She was formally imprisoned, according to the Guerrero state-government’s bulletin, leading her husband to request the intervention of the government of the U.S. toward the end of the immediate release of Nestora, who is a U.S. citizen.

For more information (in Spanish):

Acuerda la Crac exigir la libertad de los comandantes y policías detenidos (Jornada de Guerrero, 1 de septiembre de 2013)

Esposo de Comandante Nestora inicia huelga de hambre en EEUU (Los Angeles Press, 28 de agosto de 2013)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):