|English | Español||July 17, 2018 | Issue #40|
Oaxaca State Police Arrest Nicanor Salud Rasgado of the Other Campaign in San Blas Atempa… Again
This Time, on the 14-Month-Old Arrest Warrant that Still Hangs Over the Heads of 72 Other Citizens
By Al Giordano
Nicanor Salud Rasgado
Photo: D.R. 2006 Bertha Rodríguez Santos
Salud marched in solidarity with the teachers this afternoon and then boarded a taxi. Police stopped the cab, placed him under arrest, and brought him directly to the “Center for Social Rehabilitation” (CERESO, in its Spanish initials) where he joins nine other San Blaseños that Zapatista Subcomandante Marcos has said are being “held hostage” by Oaxaca Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz in an attempt to quell the pro-democracy movement there.
The latest pretext to put this social fighter behind bars is a 14-month-old arrest warrant stemming from the day on January 1, 2005 that gunmen opened fire on San Blas citizens from the balcony of City Hall. A melee ensued in which automobiles of city bureaucrats were burned, and a public armed only with rocks and sticks overwhelmed police and established an Autonomous Popular City Hall. Nicanor is charged with “damages to the City hall, burning vehicles and aggressions against members of the PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party” according to his supporters who contacted the Other Journalism moments after Salud’s arrest today. Similar charges hang over the heads of 72 other San Blas citizens who recaptured their City Hall on that New Year’s Day. The latest arrest of Nicanor Salud suggests that there could soon be more such arrests to come.
Last February 6, the Zapatista spokesman known as “Delegate Zero” visited San Blas Atempa and vowed “a national rebellion like what you did in San Blas,” and the next day Marcos visited with five political prisoners from the town in the federal penitentiary in Tehuantepec (those visits are recorded in the Other Newsreel, “Marcos Goes to Jail”).
Last week, the Other Journalism visited with Nicanor Salud and interviewed him for an upcoming video newsreel. To be continued…
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