Chiapas: Beginning of the “Week for Global Struggle for the Release of Patishtán and Sántiz López: To Tear Down the Walls of the Dungeon”

By means of a press-conference carried out in the offices of the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) on 14 May, there began the “Week for Global Struggle for the Release of Patishtán and Sántiz López: To Tear Down the Walls of the Dungeon.”  This campaign, from 15 to 22 May, demands the release of the teacher Alberto Patishtán, a member of the “Voz del Amate,” an organization of prisoners who are adherents to the Other Campaign, who was 8 months ago transferred to a high-security prison in Sonora.

Ignacio del Valle, director of the Front of Peoples in Defense of the Land of San Salvador Atenco and a former political prisoner, initiated the event by reading the final pronunciation of the “Forum against political prison and for the release of Alberto Patishtán,” which took place some days previously.  This pronunciation says that “We see that repression is constant, a means by which those from above use that does not end and that is an intrinsic part of the system that causes violence to be polarized in the extreme, as the exclusive monopoly of the State.  The prison is the dissuasive tool with which the government maintains social and political control.”

At the event there was projected a video-address from the Movement for Justice in the Barrio of New York, and there was read a communiqué from the Oventik Good-Government Council that addressed the case of Francisco Sántiz López, a Zapatista support-base who was “unjustly detained six months ago and who continues to be incarcerated.”

In other news, there were reports regarding the struggle in Alberto Patishtán’s birthplace, El Bosque, where residents declared themselves in support of his release, as well as regarding the present situation in Guasave, Sinaloa.  The conference ended with the words of his daughter: “nearly eight months after his transfer, we demand justice and the return of our father–free.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Crece clamor por la libertad de los presos políticos Patishtán y Santiz, la Jornada 17 de mayo de 2012

Video de apoyo desde SudAfrica, 15 de mayo de 2012

Exige JBG de Oventic libertad para Patishtán y Francisco Sántiz López, La Jornada, 15 de mayo de 2012

Blog de Alberto Patishtán

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Forum against political prison and for the release of Alberto Patishtán Gómez (21 May 2012)

Chiapas: Assembly is held in El Bosque to demand the release of Alberto Patishtán (25 March 2012)

Chiapas: Demand for release and return of Alberto Patishtan (22 March 2012)

Mexico: Denunciation by Alberto Patishtán from prison in Sinaloa (7 March 2012)

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