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June 19, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Jailed Mexican leader: Time for John Kerry to do something

Nestora Salgado speaks to community members at a gathering in Olinalá, in the state of Guerrero, Mexico, before she went to prison. (Courtesy of the Salgado family)

A big thanks for an excellent article on the campaign to free naturalized U.S. citizen and Mexican indigenous leader Nestora Salgado [“Pressure mounts to free Renton woman imprisoned in Mexico,” Local News, June 16].

The next question is what more will Secretary of State John Kerry do to ensure her release? Apparently, inquiries have been made to the Mexican government, but they can’t have been made too forcefully. Its silence on the case is deafening. Where is the outrage over Salgado’s persecution and brutal conditions? Where are the demands for her immediate release?

Salgado has been imprisoned without trial for 10 months for organizing and heading a community self-defense force in the state of Guerrero. A federal court dismissed charges against her, ruling that she was carrying out her legal duties of office. A delegation of 14 Mexican congressional members has called for an investigation into the brutal conditions of her incarceration, saying that she is a political prisoner.

Yet she remains in jail 24 hours a day, without medical care, clean drinking water or enough food. She is denied access to her lawyers and only limited family visits. It’s long past time for Secretary Kerry to weigh in with significant support.

Megan Cornish, Seattle

Comments | More in Mexico | Topics: jail, John Kerry, Megan Cornish

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