On 5 July Alberto Patishtán Gómez, adherent to the Other Campaign who, imprisoned for 10 years, found himself until last week detained in the Vida Mejor Hospital in Tuxtla Gutierrez, released a public letter in which he denounced that “[t]elling the truth and defending the rights of future generations and of society in general is still considered to be a crime in Mexico.” In this letter, Patishtán Gómez indicated that his experience has been that “institutional authorities” sentence Mexicans “for many years” and force them “to move from one location to another arbitrarily.” He refers to his own experience in “captivity” in the hospital in which he has been held “for nearly six months, isolated from all.” He adds that his health has deteriorated during his stay in the hospital, and he closes by requesting that he be returned to Prison No. 5 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, in addition to being granted his liberty immediately.
Significantly contrasting with this account is that proferred in an unsigned article published in La Jornada on 10 July. Seemingly citing Patishtán’s 5 July communiqué, the article erroneously affirms that Patishtán had rejected the idea that he “is being detained in the Vida Mejor Hospital” and “assures that he has received adequate medical attention from the government of Chiapas.”
For more information (in Spanish):
Alberto Patishtán’s 5 July communiqué (Chiapas Denuncia)
Alberto Patishtán claims to have received “the best medical attention” (La Jornada, 10 July)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas: medical neglect in the case of Alberto Patishtán (25 March 2010)
Chiapas: Presentation of the “jTatic Samuel jCanan Lum” Honor (26 January 2010)