Guerrero: IACHR calls on Mexican government to guarantee medical attention to Nestora Salgado, political prisoner from the Communal Police of Olinalá, Guerrero, held in federal prison in Tepic, Nayarit

February 8, 2015

Nestora Salgado (@Desinformémonos)

Nestora Salgado (@Desinformémonos)

On 28 January, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) called on the Mexican government to guarantee medical attention to the activist Nestora Salgado, a member of the Communal Police from Olinalá, Guerrero, who is at present being held in the federal prison of Tepic, Nayarit.

Nestora Salgado, 41 years of age, was arrested in August 2013 after individuals who had been arrested by the Communal Police that she led claimed to have been kidnapped.  A federal judge dismissed these charges in 2014, but several state-level charges remain against her to date.  In January, Rogelio Ortega Martínez, governor of Guerrero, requested that the state attorney general, Miguel Ángel Godínez Muñoz, suspend the charges against her.  However, the petition was ignored following pressure applied by the anti-kidnapping activists Alejandro Martí and Isabel Miranda de Wallace.

For more information (in Spanish):

Pide la CIDH atención médica para Nestora Salgado (Proceso, 2 de febrero de 2015)

CIDH pide a México garantizar atención médica a Nestora Salgado (La Jornada, 2 de febrero de 2015)

CIDH exige iniciar medidas cautelares para Nestora Salgado (El Universal, 3 de febrero de 2015)

La CIDH ordenó que se proteja a Nestora Salgado (Aristegui Noticias, 3 de febrero de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Delay in release for Nestora Salgado; her daughter claims to have been threatened by phone (5 February 2015)

Guerrero: Death-threat directed against Nestora Salgado’s daughter and Communal Police commander from Olinalá (25 October 2014)

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


Guerrero: Press-conference in Mexico City to demand release of CRAC-PC prisoners

September 15, 2014

Pres@s de la CRAC-PC de Guerrero (@CENCOS archivos)

On 4 September, a press-conference was held in Mexico City as part of the activities of the Women’s Committee #FreeNestora which seeks the liberation of Nestora Salgado and other prisoners belonging to the Communal Police of the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC-PC) in Guerrero.

Mothers, daughters, and wives of the communal police officers who have been imprisoned were present, as was a delegation of women from the CRAC-PC, which announced its formal affiliation with the #FreeNestora Women’s Committee, which was founded in August to demand Salgado’s release. Nestora Salgado is being held in a maximum-security prison in Tepic, Nayarit.  Though the federal charges she had faced were dropped in April, it has been denounced that the state government of Aguirre Rivero has added further charges to her on four separate occasions, including 48 kidnappings, though “no one knows who these people are who were supposedly kidnapped.”

Other irregularities and violations of due process were denounced, including the conditions faced by the imprisoned communal leaders.  Also present at the event was the Front of Resistance of Los Ángeles, which shared letters from two senators and seven congressional representatives from the U.S. that called on Secretary of State John Kerry to immediately attend to the case of Nestora Salgado.

Beyond this, there was denounced the lack of adequate response to the demands of the victims of tropical storm Manuel (2013).  Edith Herrera, member of CRAC-PC, denounced that the aid promised by the government has not arrived to the Mountain region of Guerrero.  She claimed that more than 129 billion pesos for the “New Guerrero” plan were used for “political means,” leaving the region “abandoned [and] plundered.”  She indicated furthermore that, with the Crusade against hunger, soldiers entered several communities on the pretext of installing communal eateries.  Since August, greater conditions have been placed on women who benefit from the “Opportunities” welfare program, because several women had been injected with contraceptives as a condition.  The claim is that this means amounts to an “extermination” of the people.

For more information (in Spanish):

Congresistas estadunidenses exigen la excarcelación de Nestora Salgado(La Jornada, 5 de septiembre de 2014)

Exigen mujeres la liberación de Nestora y de los presos políticos de la entidad (El Sur, 5 de septiembre de 2014)

Gobierno de Guerrero, responsable de que Nestora siga presa(CimacNoticias, 5 de septiembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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)


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)


Guerrero: Communal Police prisoners are “political prisoners,” declares General Gallardo

July 20, 2014

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Photo @Desinformémonos

The six communal police from the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC) incarcerated in the Las Cruces jail are political prisoners, noted the retired Army General Francisco Gallardo, who himself is considered a former prisoner of conscience due to his past struggles for human rights within the armed forces.  He declared that “they were imprisoned for defending a cause; a political prisoner should not break under the circumstances, nor should those who are fighting for his or her liberation.  I hope to see them released very soon.”  Within the context of a visit from the general to the prisoners, the Network Decade against Impunity (led by Bishop Raúl Vera) announced the beginning of its international campaign for the liberation of the communal police members.

Nestora Salgado, a commander of the Commuanl Police in Olinalá who was arrested together with other communal police yet transferred to a maximum-security prison in Tepic, Nayarit, declared in a telephone interview that “The government is bothered that we exist; we only request security for our people.  We have debts to no one but our people.”  In the Mountain and Little Coast regions of Guerrero, criminalization, incarceration, and the buying off of social activists has been on the rise since different groups organized themselves to impede the entrance of mining firms to the area.

As part of the repressive climate experienced in Guerrero, Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz, member of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP) and of the communal police which adheres to the CRAC-PC, has been arrested. He was detained and tortured on 17 June by the Ministerial Police, accused of attempted murder.  He has been incarcerated in the same location as Nestora Salgado.

For more information (in Spanish)

Gobierno de Guerrero, fabricador de delitos: Nestora Salgado(Desinformémonos, julio de 2014)

Anuncian campaña por la libertad de los comunitarios (La Joranda de Guerrero, 16 de julio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Several injured after atttack on communal police of CECOP near Acapulco (23 April 2014)

Guerrero: CRAC accepts 48 new communities from Acapulco (16 March 2014)


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):