Protest for the release of Nestora Salgado, at the Portland Mexican Consulate in SW Portland Oregon USA
http://youtu.be/XVKrmvw_Wn8 (34 minute video)
Seattle-area resident Nestora Salgado is a political prisoner who has been wrongfully incarcerated in El Rincon, a high security detention center in Nayarit, Mexico, for crimes she did not commit. She is a fighter for rights of indigenous people in the state of Guerrero, Mexico.
Acting under a Mexican law that up- holds the rights of indigenous people to form their own local law enforcement, Nestora organized a community police force in her home town of Olinalá with the initial support of the governor of Guerrero. Community policing is employed to defend residents from criminals who force young girls into prostitution and selling drugs, as well as using rape as a form of social control. The force also addressed gender issues like domestic violence.
Salgado was arrested by federal police on August 21, 2013, on bogus kid- napping charges. This occurred after community police officers exercised their legal authority to arrest the town sheriff for tampering with evidence relating to the assassination of two local farmers, and stealing property from the de- ceased.
Previously, as coordinator of the Olinalá community police, Salgado is- sued a press release giving details of the mayor's ties to organized crime and government corruption in Guerrero. The widespread emergence of community police in Mexico's poorest areas has led to attempts by officials to suppress them through arbitrary arrests, death threats, and denial of social services and benefits to their supporters.
Nestora Salgado is being punished for being a strong female leader in her hometown, where the local authorities have become oppressors of her people and social justice fighters.
Until recently, prison authorities denied Salgado phone calls to her family and lawyer. She is now confined to her cell and deprived of badly needed medications and exercise.
Nestora Salgado is innocent and the U.S. government should take action to obtain her release from prison immediately.