Chiapas: Letter from Patishtán, 12 years following his imprisonment

El Bosque, June 2012 (@ SIPAZ)

Just recently there has been made public a letter that professor Alberto Patishtán Gómez sent on the 12-year anniversary of his imprisonment, this from the high-security prison Cefereso no. 8 in Guasave, Sinaloa.  The court-order to have him be transferred back to Chiapas is still in process.

The letter takes up his denunciation that “the mayor Manuel Gómez Ruiz [who in 2000 ruled when Patishtán was arrested] from the community of El Bosque, known as the Executioner to the poor, is interested in pursuing and maintaining his own interests, and for this reason abused his power by fabricating my supposed crimes in the events that occurred during the ambush on the Simojovel-El Bosque road in 2000.”  Patishtán requests that President Felipe Calderón soon order his release and that of the members of the Voz del Amate who are being held in Chiapas.  He closes the letter by saying “to live or die for truth and justice.”

For their part, the members of la Voz del Amate continue to denounce the negligent medical attention that they receive in the prison no. 5 of San Cristóbal de Las Casas.  With these words they mention the case of an imprisoned comrade: “As in this case of an incarcerated comrade who has for many months been suffering lack of medical attention for the illness he suffers: pain in his bones, among other things.  The pain is excessive and today the comrade’s arm has become immobile, and he has fallen into a physical depression that leads him to bid farewell to the world, given that he cannot tolerate the pain.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Patishtan: reflexiona sobre su detención, a 12 años de su encarcelamiento injusto (Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 6 de julio de 2012)

Denuncian condiciones pesimas de salud en cárcel de Chiapas. Solidarios de la Voz del Amate (Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 3 de julio de 2012)

Denuncia de los Solidarios de la Voz del Amate en voz de Enrique Gómez Hernández (Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 2 de julio de 2012)

Blog de Alberto Patishtán

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Actions in favor of the liberation of Alberto Patishtán, 12 years after his incarceration (25 June 2012)

Chiapas: Some thousand persons march for the liberation of Alberto Patishtán (4 June 2012)

Chiapas: Beginning of the “Week for Global Struggle for the Release of Patishtán and Sántiz López: To Tear Down the Walls of the Dungeon”(21 May 2012)

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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