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Leader of The Community Police In Guerrero Detained

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December 2, 2013


December 1, 2013-Chilpancingo, Guerrero—The leader of the Regional Coordinator of the Community Authorities (Coordinadora Regional de Autoridades Comunitarias (CRAC)), the community of El Paraíso, municipality of Ayutla, Arturo Campos Hernández, was arrested in Ayutla and transferred to the prison in Acapulco and charged with aggravated kidnapping.

The leader of the Community Police in the village of El Paraiso, municipality of Ayutla, Arturo Campos (with microphone in hand).
The apprehension of the Mixtec indigenous activist occurred this afternoon at the end of a rally held in the town square, Granados Maldonado de Chilpancingo, where the Tlachinollan Human Rights Center announced the start of a campaign called “In defense of our life and liberty”, running from the 1st of December to the 12thto demand the release of the 12 Community Guards detained since late August and imprisoned in maximum and medium security prisons.
Ángel Aguirre Rivero
Speaking at the protest, Campos Hernández criticized the strategy driven by the government of Ángel Aguirre who intends to regulate the self-defense groups and community guards that have emerged throughout the state to directly confront crime.
El Paraíso, Guerrero, Mexico
In this regard, he said that the community police associated with the CRAC located in El Paraíso, were not willing to subject themselves under the command of the police forces from the three levels of government, simply because “they were infiltrated by organized crime.”
He was then detained in this capital by a group of ministerial agents when Arturo Campos intended to go in a public transport unit to the neighboring town of Tixtla.
Then, he was transferred to the prison in Acapulco where he was brought before the first instance court #4 of criminal matters, who issued an arrest warrant against him for the crime of aggravated kidnapping.
Vidulfo Rosales Sierra
In this regard, the Tlachinollan lawyer, Vidulfo Rosales Sierra, condemned the arrest of Campos Herrera and accused the government of Ángel Aguirre Rivero of promoting a campaign to dismantle the group of the Community Police associated with the CRAC headquartered in the Mixtec village El Paraíso, municipality of Ayutla de los Libres.
This is due to the fact that these groups of community guards are considered by the government as dissidents because they have publicly manifested themselves with weapons against the policy implemented by Enrique Peña Nieto, the attorney indicated.
Tixtla, Huamuxtitlán, Olinalá
He also said that the group of Community Police of El Paraíso, which spreads from the municipalities of Tixtla, Huamuxtitlán and Olinalá, showed the indolence of the government against the brutal wave of violence and impunity that has suffocated the people of Guerrero.
Consulted after the arrest of the leader of the CRAC in Ayutla, the litigator informed that Campos Herrera faces charges of aggravated kidnapping, belonging to two criminal cases, 191 and 142, based in courts of first instance in criminal matters of Acapulco and Chilpancingo.
This is the same proceeding made by the government of Aguirre against the group of the PC-CRAC that keeps the 12 prisoners from late August belonging to the same self-defense group based in El Paraíso.
Nestora Salgado-Olinalá
Among those in the group detained from El Paraíso are: the coordinator of the Community Police in the town of Olinalá, Nestora Salgado, currently imprisoned in the maximum security prison in Nayarit; the leader of the self-defense group in Tixtla, Gonzalo Molina, currently imprisoned in the maximum security prison in Oaxaca; as well as the coordinator in El Paraíso, Bernardino García Francisco and nine community guards, imprisoned in Acapulco and Chilpancingo.
Gonzalo Molina-Tixtla
The Tlachinollan lawyer stated that the government of Aguirre has not substantiated evidence of the aggravated kidnapping charges against the leaders of the PC-CRAC of El Paraíso.
He also stated that the administration of Aguirre is violating the human rights of the Community Guards by transferring them to maximum security prisons outside the legal entity because they are not guaranteed the right to adequately defend and protect their family.

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