MEXICAN SENATOR DENOUNCES ATTEMPT TO IMPRISON HIM AS GUERRILLA
(*La Jornada*, 9/17/96)
[Translation by Conspiracy Nation]
"If I were not a senator of this Republic, right now I would be
incarcerated as a guerrilla of the Army of the Popular Revolution
[EPR, Ejercito Popular Revolucionario]," said the federal
legislator from Guerrero, Felix Salgado Macedonio, as he related
the way in which presumed federal agents tried to detain him and
how they assaulted him and planted an AK-47 rifle near him in
order to link him -- without knowing who he was -- to the EPR.
Salgado Macedonio tried to file a penal denunciation with an
agency of the Federal Public Ministry, located in Iguala, but the
official in charge, Gabriel Godinez Ponce, put it off for another
day because it was an "unsuitable day."
According to the senator, events occurred in the following way:
he was travelling from Ometepec toward Iguala, where he was to
officiate at ceremonies marking the holiday of the Shout of
On passing through Chilpancingo, Salgado Macedonio made a
stopover in order to meet with Rene Lobato, a member of the state
directorate of the PRD [opposition party]. There he bought, in a
shop, a jeep for 9 thousand pesos.
In order to continue his trip to Iguala, he himself drove the
jeep, and his chauffeur, Tomas Lopez Garcia, drove the senator's
motor-van in which both of them had been travelling since
Twelve kilometers from Iguala, one of the jeep's tires blew.
Because there was no spare, the senator's assistant travelled in
the motor-van to Zacacoyuca, the nearest village, to search for a
mechanic. The legislator decided to wait at the side of the
road, near a tree. He brought with him his cellular phone, a
bottle of water, and a copy of the *La Jornada* newspaper.
Minutes later, a Nissan van, color white, with tinted windows and
no license plates and bearing a little national flag attached to
the antenna, drove up and parked behind the jeep. Five persons
got out and others remained in the vehicle.
One of the five approached the senator while the other four
dispersed. "What's going on?" shouted the one walking toward
Salgado Macedonio. "Nothing, I blew a tire," answered the
senator who by now had noticed on the belt of the presumed
judicial agent a gold badge bearing insignia of the General
Prosecutor of the Republic [PGR, Procuraduria General de la
By now right in front of him, the agent took out his pistol and
shouted: "So, reading subversive propaganda... Stand up, you
son of a bitch, you are from the Army of the Popular Revolution!"
At that moment, the agent grabbed him violently by the shirt
collar and made him get up, while by now the other four had
circled around him from behind and were pointing their weapons at
Salgado tried to explain it was a mistake and wanted to identify
himself, but then the leader of the group turned to him and
shouted, pointing at the cellular telephone: "Ah hah, you son of
a bitch, you are communicating with the EPR... and look what you
have there!" The senator turned towards the tree and discovered
that one of the other agents surrounding him had secretly placed
an AK-47 rifle next to the tree. At that moment he was punched
in the stomach.
When he recovered, he managed to take his identification out of
his pocket. The leader of the group immediately changed his
attitude and offered "his apologies for this error," and informed
the senator they were part of a special group belonging to the
Federal Judicial Police.
Angered, Salgado Macedonio returned their insults and demanded
that they give him their names. However the judicial agents
immediately left, taking with them the AK-47. "They were tall
and fat, and spoke as if they were from the north," said the