Campaign to Free Nestora Salgado
International Day of Protest against Mexican government imprisonment of indigenous leader Nestora Salgado:
One year ago, on August 21, 2013, Nestora Salgado, a naturalized U.S. citizen and leader of a constitutionally authorized indigenous community defense force in Olinala, Guerrero, was imprisoned on false charges of kidnapping. For 12 months, she has been denied the right to see her lawyers. Orders to free her by a federal judge have been ignored. Kept in isolation without medical attention, she represents hundreds of people in self-defense groups who have been jailed for defending their communities against powerful, politically connected criminal cartels. In Guerrero state, indigenous people by law have the right to form such forces; they have been emulated in other states and communities by Mexicans who consider it a necessity for self-preservation and dignity.