Nicolas Castro Plested, a 23-year old fine arts student from Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogotá, Colombia, was arrested by police on December 2nd, accused of creating a group on th internet social network Facebook named “Me comprometo a matar a Jerónimo Uribe hijo de Alvaro Uribe” (I pledge to kill Jerónimo Alberto Uribe, son of Alvaro Uribe). In Colombia, Nicolas is charged with “instigation to commit crimes”, according to article 348 of Colombian penal code. This would imply that Nicolas is encouraging others to kill the youngest son of the Colombian president; for this reason, Nicolas has been taken to La Picota jail, while he waits for his trial.
We, the Friends for the Freedom of Nicolas Castro, invite the national and international community to join this cause, having knowledge of the high moral values and background of Nicolas, which allows us to ensure that he would never harm any living being, nor incite others to do so. His expressions of discontent in relation to specific situations such as animal abuse, child abuse, and even his attitude towards consumption have always been peaceful, and have led him not only to become a vegetarian, but to participate in social development projects and anti-bullfighting movements. He has also promoted the consumption of fruits and healthy food within the university campus, among many actions carried out daily, and which can tell us the kind of person he is.
Nicolas made the following statement during his hearing of charges:
I’m only a student, not an instigator or a terrorist.
We want to invite you to become Friends for the Freedom of Nicolas, promoting actions from the different places you live on. Many people have expressed solidarity with the case of Nicolas through the creation of Facebook groups, or creating texts supporting the cause and generating spaces for debate. We are distributing this material through social networks and blogs, and also invite people to use the image of Nicolas in their profiles of different social networks and chat programs. Another way to help is to copy, forward and/or translate this message. Any contacts can be made through this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
We appreciate any help, feedback or action taken to make the case for Nicolas known worldwide, and to promote his release.