Patishtan’s children speaking with their father @ AlbertoPatishtan.blogspot.com
Alberto Patishtan, completing 41 years of age, has received notice from the Federal Secretary for Public Security has challenged the motion that was in process of examination which would have returned him to the CERSS 5 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas. Both his blog as well as that of the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (Frayba) note that “On 29 February 2012, the fifth judge of the district with headquarters in Tuxtla Gutiérrez resolved the motion, demanding the return of professor Alberto Patishtán Gómez to Chiapas, but nonetheless Felipe Calderón by means of the Federal Secretary for Public Security on 3 April 2012 submitted a motion to retract or annul Alberto’s return to Chiapas.”
In relation and support for Patishtán, several actions are being carried out to call for his return to Chiapas and his release altogether. The Network against Repression and Solidarity (Network vs. Repression) has called for a Forum against political imprisonment and for the release of Alberto Patishtán which is to be held on 12 and 13 May 2012 in the Indigenous Center for Integral Training (CIDECI-Unitierra) in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas. From the Movement for Justice in the Barrio in New York, adherents to the Other Campaign, and supported by the Patishtán family, there has been a call made for a “Week of Global Struggle for the Release of Patishtán and Sántiz López: To Break down the Walls of the Dungeon” for May 15 to 22. It should be noted that Francisco Sántiz López, Zapatista support-base, has been held for 5 months in the CERSS 5, even though witnesses affirm that he was not physically present at the site of the crime for which he is accused.
For more information (in Spanish):
Llamada a Alberto por su 41 cumpleaños (20 de abril de 2012)
¿Por qué la libertad de Patishtán? (Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 20 de abril de 2012)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas: Demand for release and return of Alberto Patishtan (22 March 2012)