Chiapas: 8 days of hunger-strike at CERSS No. 5

Image @ Escrutinio Público

The indefinite hunger strike initiated on 29 September continues for the 7 prisoners held in CERSS No. 5 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, as does the fasting of 4 other comrades, in addition Rosa López Diaz, a female prisoner in the CERSS who finds herself in solidarity with the Voz del Amate.

Professor Alberto Patishtán Gómez, member of the Voz del Amate, declared to La Jornada his conviction to continue with the hunger-strike and fasting until they are all released.  “We must carry forward; we cannot accept that which we are living.  We demand our liberty, or we will die fighting,” he said.

To La Jornada Patishtán also said the following: “They tell our comrade [Rosa López] that if she does not suspend her fast they will take her son of two years from her.”  The argument used against Rosa Diaz’s custody of her son is that he “is malnourished” and she must “care for him” by abandoning her protest.  According to Patishtán, it is false that the child is malnourished.  “We know he is well.”  As he notes, “if it were true it would be the fault of the prison authorities, as it would demonstrate that they have not fed either the child or our comrade adequately.”

Professor Patishtán confirmed that on Monday “there arrived to see us a representative from the Secretary of Governance, Ángel Gabriel Pérez Morales, who offered to once again look over our cases.”  The prisoners replied that they would not accept “more of the same; we demand a solution: the cases are known; they should release us.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncian los Solidarios de la Voz del Amate irregularidades en CERSS No. 5, Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 6 October 2011

Suman 6 días en huelga de hambre 7 presos políticos indígenas en Chiapas, La Jornada, 5 October 2011

En huelga de hambre, 11 presos en Chiapas; demandan ser excarcelados, La Jornada, 1 October 2011

RvsR Chiapas: presos políticos del CERSS Nº 5 Chiapas se declaran en huelga de hambre. Actualizado 3 de octubre, Enlace Zapatista, 3 October 2011

La trágica historia de Rosa, una mujer indígena presa en Chiapas, Escrutinio Público, 5 October 2011

¡Libertad! para Rosa López Díaz Solidaria de la Voz del Amate en ayuno indefinido en Chiapas, Radio Pozol, 5 October 2011

Cumplen 6 días en huelga de hambre siete reos en Chiapas, Noestamostodxs, 4 October 2011


Audios de los presos en huelga de hambre en Chiapas. 01.10.2011, CGT Chiapas, 3 October 2011

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Prisoners fasting and on hunger strike (4 October 2011)

Chiapas: Public day for Fasting and Prayer for Peace in the San Cristóbal prison (26 September 2011)

Chiapas: Rosario Diaz, imprisoned for six years, and denunciation by Voz del Amate (8 September 2011)

Chiapas: Fifth anniversary of the “Voz de Amate” (8 January 2011)

– Chiapas: the case of Alberto Patishtán Gómez presented before the IACHR, and denunciation by la Voz de Amate (10 August 2010)

– Chiapas: visit to observe 2011 call for “jTatic Samuel jCanan Lum” Honor denied (30 July 2010)

Chiapas: prisoner Alberto Patishtán Gómez’s latest communiqué and its coverage by La Jornada (19 July 2010)

Chiapas: medical neglect in the case of Alberto Patishtán (25 March 2010)

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