Guerrero: The Navy has tried to arrest him, denounces brother of CECOP spokesperson

December 30, 2014

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Vicente Suástegui Muñoz, brother of spokesperson of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP), who has been imprisoned since June, publicly denounced that on 13 December, marines attempted to arrest him outside his home in Ciudad Renacimiento.  He asserted that his relatives began to record what was happening, so that the marines would suspend their operation of detaining him and transferring him to an official vehicle. Vicente Suástegui held the Navy responsible for anything that could happen to him or his family.

He reported these acts during a press-conference that was held in the community of La Concepción, during which members of the Guerrero Popular Movement and the State Coordination of Educational Workers of Guerrero (CETEG) expressed their support for CECOP:  “those members of MPG and CETEG here present would like to manifest our concern for the exacerbation of the policies of harassment and repression against CECOP which nobly defend its territory against the bad government.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Intentaron detenerlo marinos, denuncia el hermano del vocero de los opositores a la presa La Parota (El Sur de Acapulco, 15 de diciembre de 2014)

 Liberar a Suástegui y a comuneros detenidos, exigen MPG y CETEG a los gobiernos federal y estatal (El Sur de Acapulco,

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Attack on CECOP members leaves 5 dead (6 December 2014)

Guerrero: Arrest of María de la Cruz Dorantes, CECOP member (25 October 2014)

Guerrero: demand for release of political prisoners in observance of the eleventh anniversary of CECOP (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: Arrest of a leader of the opposition to the La Parota Dam (23 June 2014)

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Guerrero: Navy kidnaps coordinator of CRAC in Olinalá

September 13, 2013

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Commander Nestora Salgado, kidnapped by the Navy. Photo @Salvador Cisneros

Nestora Salgado García, coordinator of the Communal Police of the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC) in Olinalá, was on 21 August detained by units from the Army, Navy, State Police, and Municipal Police.  The state forces forced her to board a helicopter, and her whereabouts are unknown.  As a response to the arrest of Salgado, the communal police of Tixtla blockaded the federal highway between Chilpancingo and Chilapa, toward the end of impeding that she be taken before the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) in Chilpancingo.  More than 250 members of the CRAC marched the following day in Guerrero to demand her release, together with that of dozens of other comrades of theirs who are incarcerated.

In parallel terms, close to 500 soldiers and marines invaded the community of E Paraíso, Ayutla de los Libres municipality, in the Costa Chica region, where they forcibly released some thirty persons who had been held by a CRAC faction, including a PRI leader from Olinala and his collaborators.  The previous week, in the Huamuxtitlán community, the Communal Police of Olinalá indicated that Salgado García had detained this PRI leader, Armando Patrón Jimémez, and five others for having covered up the crime of two shock groups; she had them transferred to the justice house of El Paraíso to be prosecuted.  The government of Ángel Aguirre Rivero accused Nestor Salgado of having kidnapped this PRI leader through the State Attorney General’s Office.

To date, the whereabouts of the CRAC members detained by the marines and soldiers are unknown, although it is has been suggested that they could be in the headquarters of the State Attorney General’s Office, to the south of the state capital, where the ministerial authority is expected to arraign them before a judge.  On 22 August, the National Network for communication and urgent action on Human-Rights Defenders in Mexico released a communique demanding “knowledge of the whereabouts and health status of Nestora Salgado García, director of the Communal Police in Olinalá, Guerrero, as well as to assure her physical and psychological integrity [and to] guarantee the security and integrity of all the imprisoned, in addition to the right to defend the rights of the Communal Police.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Detienen en operativo a la coordinadora de la Crac en Olinalá, Nestora Salgado (La Jornada de Guerrero, 22 de agosto de 2013)

Policía Comunitaria de Olinalá marcha para exigir liberación de su líder (Proceso, 22 de agosto de 2013)

Red Nacional de comunicación y acción urgente de Defensoras de Derechos Humanos en México (22 de agosto de 2013)