Nine Detainees Freed After Being Arrested During Clash Between Federal and Community Police Forces in La Concepción, Guerrero

(Editor’s Note: This short piece explains the recent release of nine detainees that were arrested after a clash between Federal and Community Police forces in the state of Guerrero on January 7th, 2018. The attack by state forces marked the ongoing repression against those resisting the La Parota hydroelectric dam, as well as the self-organized community police units of the coast and mountain region of Guerrero. The original in Spanish was published by Somos el Medio and can be found here).

On August 24th, a judge granted freedom to nine members of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to La Parota (CECOP), community police and other people that were in process of community reeducation who have been detained since January 7th as the result of a clash in the community of La Concepción, Guerrero.

The judge determined that the nine detained be freed as they were not connected with the clash between federal and community police this past January 7th, 2018. There, eleven people died and another 38 were detained. Among them the spokesperson of CECOP, Marco Antonio Suástegui, and his brother, Vicente.

Vidulfo Rosales Sierra, lawyer of the human rights center, Tlachinollan, informed the newspaper El Sur, that of those detained, eight were freed and one remained in the Las Cruces prison for having an arrest warrant on unrelated charges.

Among the freed are members of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to La Parota (CECOP), community police members and two people that were in the process of community reeducation.

After the initial hearing took place on January 9th, 13 of the 38 detained were freed and 25 were entered into criminal proceedings, 16 of them community police members.

The lawyers filed an appeal against the criminal proceedings, which was resolved in favor of the detained. It ordered them to redo the procedure and leave out the two hearings in January.

The nine community members were freed because they could not be linked to the acts, due to the lack of evidence proving their presence during the acts in the early morning of January 7th. Only one detainee of those who obtained their freedom did not leave the prison because he had another unrelated charge that merits pre-trial detention.