On Thursday, eleven individuals were arrested during clashes with police in Mexico City’s central “El Zocalo” square, under charges of terrorism, organized crime, homicide attempt and mutiny, which prevents them from making bail. They were temporarily held at a Specialized Investigation Deputy Attorney for Organized Crime (SIEDO) facility, before being sent to high security prisons in the states of Veracruz and Nayarit.
The number of detainees was confirmed by Alejandro Jimenez, lawyer from the Mexican Institute for Democracy and Human Rights.
According to the counselor of two of the detainees, both of them were arbitrarily arrested on the square, and some of the others detainees refused to testify.
“They were arrested on different hours at the Zocalo square, some of them profiled by their appearance alone,” the counselor explained.
Mexico City’s Federal District and National Human rights commissions condemned the violent acts and informed that a report by their observers is expected to determine if the detentions were arbitrary.
Around 250 students from the National Institute of the Fine Arts (INBA) demonstrated on Friday for the release of Andrade, a student at the National Painting, Sculpture and Engraving School.
On Saturday, a demonstration is programmed to be held at the Independence Angel monument, to protests the arbitrary detentions and the fact that the arrested, most of them youth, were charged without evidence being presented.
“in this tense times the country is going through, If PGR wants to regain some credibility it must stop using the legal system with political motivations; federal Government must stop using the PGR politically,” Jimenez said.
Earlier on Thursday, other 15 individuals were arrested during clashes close to the Mexico City International Airport, where they clashed with the police and threw molotov cocktails.
These other detainees were charged with disrupting peace, making and carrying makeshift weapons and assaulting law officials. Since none of those are considered as a serious offense, 11 made a 12,000 pesos (US$880) bail, fueling suspicions of infiltrators put there to incite violence by the state due to the disparity of the charges. By Friday night only four were still being held at the Gustavo A. Madero holding cells.