It appears, as of this writing, that freedom for Nestora Salgado is only days away.* At last! This indigenous woman leader and naturalized U.S. citizen has spent the last two and a half years behind bars in Mexico for the “crime” of defending the community of her birthplace in the state of Guerrero from drug lords and corrupt politicians.
When she steps out from prison, it will be the result of protest waged by supporters worldwide and her family on both sides of the Rio Grande who united to provide the muscle for the International Free Nestora Campaign. This campaign was launched in December 2013 by the Committee for Revolutionary International Regroupment made up of affiliated organizations in Mexico, the U.S., Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic.
Salgado’s compañeras and compañeros in the community police movement in Mexico also played a key part. Several were arrested for protesting in her defense, in an attempt by the government to intimidate the self-defense forces blossoming nationwide. Salgado also received the support of the Ayotzinapa students, 43 of whom were disappeared in a mass kidnapping in September 2014.
Once released, the next step for Salgado is to recuperate from the inhumane conditions she experienced while incarcerated. For her supporters around the world, now is the time to intensify efforts to liberate the hundreds of political prisoners who remain in Mexico’s cells. None of us are free until all of us are free! For more information and updates, visit socialism.com and freenestora.org.
*Update: Nestora Salgado was released from prison two days after the FS went to press. See story here.