Conspiracy Nation -- Vol. 9 Num. 19

("Quid coniuratio est?")


(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 Independence.

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 Ometepec.

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 Republica].

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 him.

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 legislator.

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