Chiapas: Sit-in of relatives of prisoners on hunger strike and fasting

Relatives of prisoners @ SIPAZ

On 10 October, in a press-conference, the relatives of prisoners on hunger strike and fast in three different prisons in the state of Chiapas–San Cristóbal de Las Casas, “El Amate” (Cintalapa), and Motozintla–spoke of the sit-in that some 30 relatives of these same prisoners have engaged in since 8 October in the Peace Plaza in the city of San Cristóbal de Las Casas.

They declared in a communiqué jointly written that “we are here because we know that our relatives are innocent, that they were arrested arbitrarily, tortured, beaten, forced to blank documents.  They were beaten so that they would confess themselves as being guilty when tehy are not; they were not given access to a lawyer or a translator, knowing that they do not understand anything because they are indigenous.”  “We will not leave until we see our relatives released,” they stressed.

Different platforms and networks have pronounced themselves in support of this sit-in; among them is a group of 13 members of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity that joined the sit-in on 8 October to express its solidarity for the relatives.

For more information (in Spanish):

Palabra de los familiares de los presos en huelga de hambre en conferencia de prensa desde el Frayba, Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 10 October 2011

Familiares de los pres@s polític@s de Chiapas en huelga de hambre convocan a rueda de prensa el 10 de octubre, Enlace Zapatista, 7 October 2011

Harán plantón indefinido familiares de 13 presos en San Cristóbal de las Casas, La Jornada, 10 October 2011

Pronunciamiento de la RvsR Chiapas, Enlace Zapatista, 8 October 2011

Plantón en catedral de San Cristóbal por la libertad de l@s pres@s en huelga de hambre / huelga de hambre de presos de la Otra Campaña en Chiapas, Zapateando, 8 October 2011

Manifiesta el movimiento de Sicilia apoyo a bases zapatistas, La Jornada, 9 October 2011

Pronunciamiento de la Otra Campaña de Chiapas, 6 October 2011

Pronunciamiento del Movimiento por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad, 7 October 2011

Desde el Frayba conferencia de prensa de l@s familiares de l@s Pres@s en huelga de hambre y ayuno, Nosestamostodxs, 10 October 2011

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: MPJD arrives once again to Chiapas, there to express solidarity with Las Abejas, prisoners on strike, and Zapatistas (17 October 2011)

Chiapas: 8 days of hunger strike at CERSS no. 5 (7 October 2011)

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)

Mexico: Caravan for Peace concludes after journeying to Tabasco, Veracruz, and Puebla (28 September 2011)

Chiapas: Caravan to the South Day 2 (26 September 2011)

Chiapas: Day 1 of the Caravan to the South (26 September 2011)

Oaxaca receives Caravan to the South (23 September 2011)

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