Fairfax is today carrying a story about an Australian, Felicity Ann Ryder, who — based on reports in Mexican media — may have been arrested by Mexican authorities for alleged involvement in a bombing campaign in Mexico City. A Mexican, Mario Antonio Lopez Hernandez, was arrested on June 27 and — according to Spanish-language sources — has allegedly confessed to participation in a bombing outside the Federal Electricity Commission on that date. Hernandez was apparently injured when the bomb exploded and appears to have been arrested after being taken to hospital and treated for injuries obtained as a result. Ryder may — or may not — have been arrested in connection to the incident. A report in the Mexican newspaper Excelsior — Detienen a mujer australiana por explosiones en Tlalpan y Coyoacán, June 29, 2012 — would appear to confirm that Felicity has been arrested/detained by Mexican police for alleged involvement in the bombings:
CIUDAD DE MÉXICO, 29 de junio.- Una mujer de nacionalidad australiana identificada como Felicity Ann Ryder fue detenida luego de corroborar que acompañaba al sujeto que le detonara en la mano un artefacto explosivo de fabricación casera, y fuera capturado por policías capitalinos en la colonia Del Carmen, delegación Coyoacán.
La mujer, quien llegó a México con visa de turista y fue detenida gracias a las declaraciones del propio Mario Antonio López Hernández, quien reveló que la conoció hace tres meses a través de internet.
Ann Ryder es originaria de Albury, Australia, e ingresó a la ciudad de México el 6 de diciembre de 2011…
MEXICO CITY, June 29. – A woman identified as Australian, Felicity Ann Ryder was arrested after accompanying the subject confirm that detonated in his hand a homemade explosive device, and was captured by police in the colonial capital city Del Carmen, Coyoacan.
The woman, who arrived in Mexico on a tourist visa and was detained by the statements by Mario Antonio Lopez Hernandez, who revealed he met three months ago over the internet.
Ann Ryder is a native of Albury, Australia, and entered Mexico City on December 6, 2011…
On the other hand, according to Fairfax, her family and Australian authorities are unable to confirm her arrest.
The Anarchist Black Cross (Mexico) has issued a statement (below) expressing concern over the situation, as has a group of lawyers in Mexico City (Grupo de Abogados en Solidaridad con los Presos Anarquistas/Group of Lawyers in Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners), one which raises particular concerns over the process employed by police in order to extract a supposed confession from Hernández. The statement by the Grupo de Abogados, like that by the ABC, has been published by various sites.
‘Albury woman linked to Mexican bombing’, Nino Bucci, The Age, July 3, 2012:
AN Albury woman has been linked to bombings carried out by a Mexican anarchist group.
Mexican media reported that Felicity Ann Ryder had been arrested in Mexico City along with a man suspected of planning three bombings.
The alleged bombings occurred in two separate boroughs of Mexico City on June 27.
Ms Ryder’s family told The Age that they did not believe she had been arrested but that Mexican authorities were trying to find her. ”We have been unable to contact Felicity, so we are not even sure if she is involved in the incident,” a family member said.
The Department of Foreign Affairs said the Australian Embassy in Mexico would provide consular assistance if requested. ”We are aware of media reports that Mexican authorities are seeking an Australian citizen, alleged to be connected to those who orchestrated explosions in Tlalpan and Coyoacan in Mexico,” a spokesman said.
Ms Ryder had been connected to the bombings by Mario Antonio Lopez Hernandez, who was arrested when he was injured by one of the bombs, according to news reports. Police said Mr Hernandez, 27, was found with clothes matching a description of the bomber and with a bomb in his backpack.
The reports say Ms Ryder had arrived in Mexico City as a tourist on December 6 last year.
Mr Hernandez had admitted to being a member of an anarchist group and learning how to build the bombs on the internet, the reports state. He reportedly bought bomb components from street vendors and supermarkets.
Police allege a bomb detonated outside the Federal Electricity Commission and two more explosions were planned, including one at the Federal Electoral Institute. Pictures of the commission published with the story show several windows shattered in the blast.
[México] Compañero anarquista herido y detenido (Actualizado), CNA México, June 29, 2012. English translation, Mexico: Recent information about the anarchist comrade Mario López Fernández, via Contra Info, July 1, 2012:
Having been seriously injured with burns on his arm and leg by an accidental explosion from an incendiary device, the comrade is currently being treated in the Rubén Leñero General Hospital, in Mexico City. He has been given skin grafts on both his arm and leg, with a damaged artery forcing surgeons to operate quickly his leg to avoid, as a last ‘resort’, its amputation. The comrade is now conscious.
After the explosion of the incendiary device, the comrade was taken to the hospital under arrest. Since his entry to the hospital, at 5am on June 27th, he was cut off from the outside world, so he had no possibility of getting legal defense that wasn’t the duty lawyer. A first witness statement was taken while he was not in a favourable physical or mental state, under the effects of anaesthesia after an operation, while being subjected to a lot of police pressure. It was not until June 28th, at more or less 4.30pm, that he had first contact with his lawyer. It remains to be seen if there will be a judicial review of his case, still assigned to the Public Ministry’s Coy-2 agency, as he awaits a transfer to a Mexican Federal District prison in the following hours; it is unclear what the charges for his arrest are as they have varied each time clarifications were requested, which seems to indicate that they are trying to put together a case, with the most recent being criminal damage and attacks against public property. The comrade Mario testifies to be an anarchist but categorically denies being part of the ‘#yo soy 132’ movement or the ‘Tenochtitlán Salvation Front (FST)’ mentioned in the Press.
We know they are trying to link a comrade, Felicity Ryder, and that the investigation is still open as they widen their search.
We need to remain vigilant about the way Mario is treated in his current health condition, so that he is not transferred to a prison before he recuperates. Also, that the lawyers he has selected for his case be recognized by the authorities trying his case.
Lastly, we make a callout to the anarchist movement to join forces and demonstrate their support and solidarity with the comrade. For the moment it is necessary to redistribute counter-information about Mario’s situation. Some days from the general election (July 1st), the comrade’s case could be manipulated for electoral ends, but we know that his position is not only focused on the false democracy and the situation we are currently experiencing in Mexico. His posture goes further than that: he is an anarchist and consequently he is against all existent Power.
A solidarity gathering was called for last Friday, June 29th, at 3pm, outside the Colegio Militar metro station in support of Mario.
Total solidarity with Mario López and Felicity Ryder