Our Group’s Letters of Concern Helped Release Magdalena García Durán of Mexico.
Magdalena García Durán was a street vendor and mother of five children, she had been in prison since May 4, 2006 when she was arbitrarily arrested in San Salvador Atenco, México State.
According to information gathered by Amnesty International, several police officers pulled Magdalena García Durán out of the van in which she had traveled to San Salvador Atenco, beat and kicked her repeatedly, then handcuffed and covered her head and forced her to lie on top of other detainees in a waiting vehicle.
During the bus journey to the state prison of Santiaguito, other injured detainees were forced to lie on top of her causing near suffocation and panic. Officers repeatedly threatened to kill her “like a dog.”
Although authorities have charged Magdalena García Durán in connection with an incident in which several police officers were temporarily held hostage during a public demonstration, they have failed to provide evidence of her involvement in the accused crimes and the charges against her are believed to be politically motivated
The Global Importune letter signing group began sending letters of concern on behalf of Magdalena Garcia Duran to officials in the government Mexico sometime around July 2007.
She was RELEASED on November 9, 2007.
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