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  • Mexican activist Nestora Salgado raises her hands in joy after finally being released.

    Mexican activist Nestora Salgado raises her hands in joy after finally being released. | Photo: @SinEmbargoMX

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The activist's freedom was achieved thanks to the solidarity and campaigning of grassroots movements and international human rights groups.

After more than two years in prison Mexican activist Nestora Salgado has been released this Friday after a judge dismissed all charges filed against her.

Salgado gave a press conference after she left as a free woman the Tepepan Prison, located in the outskirts of Mexico City.

"I'm so sorry that some media and some journalists are not open to hear the injustices that many people are experienced," she said

Salgado, a Mexico-born U.S. citizen, was arrested in August 2013 on charges of kidnapping and engaging in organized crime after returning to her hometown of Olinala in the violence-ridden state of Guerrero to organize a community police force and to take a stand against drug cartels and state complicity in violence.

"I spent more than two years in prison for denouncing corrupt politicians, I have no words to describe all the horrors I live in prison... So now that I know how it is to be a political prisoner I call you to fight along with me for all the political prisoners", she added. 

Her husband, Jose Luis Avila, said her freedom was achieved thanks to the intervention of the grassroots movements and international human rights groups, who have welcomed the court decision through their social networks.

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However some conservative groups have regretted the decision taken by judges who earlier this week ruled that there was no conclusive evidence linking Salgado to the 53 kidnappings she was accused of.

Authorities attempted to block her release, slapping her with three new charges of kidnapping and homicide, however those charges were also dismissed on Thursday. Salgado’s legal team has said her release is a victory for justice and community activism. 
 

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