Chiapas: Las Abejas seek godfather for a survivor of the Acteal massacre

May 21, 2012

In a communiqué published on 15 May 2012, the Las Abejas Civil Society made a call to national and international society to find a godfather or godmother for Catarina Méndez Paciencia, 34 years of age, “one of the people who was injured in the Acteal massacre, a survivor.”  They explain that they seek a person “who could cover the economic costs implied by her medical visits and her specialized rehabilitation in Mexico City, toward the end of improving her physical and psychological conditions.”

In the same communiqué, Las Abejas explain that after the division of their organization in 2008, the State stopped providing medical attention to the injured “as a punishment for not allowing the federal and state governments to manipulate us regarding justice for the Acteal case.”  They detail that “since then we have had to ourselves attend as an organization to our comrades who were injured, using the voluntary cooperation of those in solidarity with our struggle and organization.  But this dynamic is not effective, as it is with difficulty that we have been succeeding in raising enough for all of Catarina’s medical appointments.  For this reason, we call out to those of good will to help our comrade to sense accompaniment and to be happy and assured that she can have medical attention whenever she should need it.”

If you have the means for this, do not hesitate to communicate with the Las Abejas Civil Society:

Para más información:

Solicitud de Padrino para Catarina (Sociedad Civil Las Abejas, 15 de mayo de 2012)

Biografía de Catarina Mendez Paciencia (Sociedad Civil Las Abejas, mayo de 2012)


Oaxaca: Civil and social organizations propose new governance agreements

May 21, 2012

(Palacio de Gobierno, Oaxaca, @SIPAZ)

In a document signed by 17 civil and social organizations from Oaxaca state, including Services for an Alternative Education A.C. (EDUCA), the Center for Support to the Popular Oaxacan Movement A.C. (CAMPO), the Mexican League for the Defense of Human Rights (Limmedh), and the Council for Autonomous Oaxacan Organization (COAA), among others, the “Pact of Governance and Concord” is rejected that was proposed by the state government.  The organizations find that the Pact’s “principal objective is to commit the organized social movement to demobilization, without implying a commitment on the part of hte government with the democratic transition and social justice,” as they noted in the document.

They continue: “If it is true that by means of the election of this alternative government the people of Oaxaca succeeded in having a criminal mafia abandon the government, it is also true that the new state government is not the necessary force to succeed in having a profound change of Oaxaca society […].  In this context more than 30 social activists have been executed, and others are persecuted to fight for the rights of their peoples, communities that live in confrontation due to the lack of solution to agrarian conflicts, as well as peoples who confront megaprojects imposed by the transnationals with the complacence of the governments.  With this scenario the powers that exist prepare the path to continue imposing their project of looting and death,” recalling the deaths for example of Bernardo Vásquez Sánchez.

They also tied together the proposal of the government with the practices of the previous state government, noting that “Since his electoral campaign, the PRI official Ulises Ruiz presented the slogan ‘no more marches or sit-ins,’ committing himself with the most reactionary oligarchical interests by in fact cancelling the constitutional guarantees for freedom of expression, organization, and manifestation, although for this reason he had to turn to the most aberrant human-rights violations, a demand from the Oaxacan oligarchy, finally consummated in the black page of 2006.”

For more information (in Spanish):


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

May 21, 2012

By means of a press-conference carried out in the offices of the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) on 14 May, there began the “Week for Global Struggle for the Release of Patishtán and Sántiz López: To Tear Down the Walls of the Dungeon.”  This campaign, from 15 to 22 May, demands the release of the teacher Alberto Patishtán, a member of the “Voz del Amate,” an organization of prisoners who are adherents to the Other Campaign, who was 8 months ago transferred to a high-security prison in Sonora.

Ignacio del Valle, director of the Front of Peoples in Defense of the Land of San Salvador Atenco and a former political prisoner, initiated the event by reading the final pronunciation of the “Forum against political prison and for the release of Alberto Patishtán,” which took place some days previously.  This pronunciation says that “We see that repression is constant, a means by which those from above use that does not end and that is an intrinsic part of the system that causes violence to be polarized in the extreme, as the exclusive monopoly of the State.  The prison is the dissuasive tool with which the government maintains social and political control.”

At the event there was projected a video-address from the Movement for Justice in the Barrio of New York, and there was read a communiqué from the Oventik Good-Government Council that addressed the case of Francisco Sántiz López, a Zapatista support-base who was “unjustly detained six months ago and who continues to be incarcerated.”

In other news, there were reports regarding the struggle in Alberto Patishtán’s birthplace, El Bosque, where residents declared themselves in support of his release, as well as regarding the present situation in Guasave, Sinaloa.  The conference ended with the words of his daughter: “nearly eight months after his transfer, we demand justice and the return of our father–free.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Crece clamor por la libertad de los presos políticos Patishtán y Santiz, la Jornada 17 de mayo de 2012

Video de apoyo desde SudAfrica, 15 de mayo de 2012

Exige JBG de Oventic libertad para Patishtán y Francisco Sántiz López, La Jornada, 15 de mayo de 2012

Blog de Alberto Patishtán

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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)

Oaxaca: Padre Solalinde leaves the country temporarily due to death-threats

May 21, 2012

Padre Alejandro Solalinde @ Cencos

The priest Alejandro Solalinde Guerra, founder and director of the migrant home “Brothers on the Path” in the city of Ixtepec, Oaxaca, declared on 12 May that he will abandon his priestly functions at the space for some months.  The reason for his temporary leave have to do with the fact that he has received several death-threats since the year 2010, after having denounced hte existence of an international network that kidnaps migrants.  These threats have become more frequent in recent months.  Solalinde notes that the death-threats against him originate in groups that serve “influential politicians” and drugtraffickers.  He found ex-governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz responsible for whatever aggression he or any member of his team could suffer.

The cleric affirmed that the attacks could come from organized crime or the government, given that “now there is no difference between them.”  He stressed that the trip he would take to Europe starting on 21 May with a brief stay in the U.S. and Canada would be only a pause in his work, not a definitive exile.  He plans during this trip to present the vulnerabilities and risks suffered by human-rights defenders in Mexico, in particular those who defend migrants.  “If anything should happen to me or to my team, I will indicate Ulises Ruiz [as responsible], but he is not the only one.  For this reason I demand that authorities investigate the matter.  During the six-year term [of Ulises Ruiz] I was attacked, and he did nothing.  Gabino Cué tries to change things; he has good intentions, but Ulises’ apparatus is still intact,” he declared.

For more information (in Spanish):

Solalinde: Si me pasa algo yo señalo al ex gobernador oaxaqueño Ulises Ruiz (La Jornada, 16 de mayo de 2012)

Amenazas de muerte obligan al padre Solalinde a salir de México (El Informador, 14 de mayo de 2012)

Rechazan que Solalinde deje defensa de migrantes (El Universal, 13 de mayo de 2012)

El Padre Solalinde visitará Europa para presentar los riesgos de las personas defensoras y de los migrantes en México (Cencos, 15 de mayo de 2012)

Priest who denounced abuse, kidnapping of migrants in southern Mexico flees death threats (The Washington Post, 14 de mayo de 2012)

Página Web de Hermanos en el Camino


Alejandro Solalinde, sacerdote. Abandonar el país después de varias amenazas de muerte, ‘Jamás voy a dejar mi misión’ (El Mañanero, 16 de mayo de 2012)

Chiapas: Forum against political prison and for the release of Alberto Patishtán Gómez

May 21, 2012


On 12 and 13 May there was held in the CIDECI-Unitierra of San Cristóbal de Las Casas a Forum against political prison and for the release of Alberto Patishán Gómez that was organized by the Network against Repression and for Solidarity.  More than 200 people of different nationalities and members from more than 50 organizations participated in the Forum, in addition to representatives of communities and collectives from around Mexico as well as other countries.

The words of the prisoners arrived by means of speeches given by relatives of theirs, as well as human-rights centers, members of the Other Campaign, community representatives, and teachers from El Bosque as well as civil organizations from Oaxaca, Veracruz, Guerrero, Mexico state, and Mexico City.  Also the voice of the prisoners was present via audio recordings made in the Ceferezo, the maximum-security prison in Guasave, Sinaloa, where Patishtán is being held, that of those in Solidarity with la Voz del Amate from CERSS No. 5 of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, and that of Máximo Mojice from Guerrero.  Also video-presentations were shown, including one made by comrades of the Movement for Justice in the Barrio (New York), and letters written by international solidarity organizations were read in addition.


On 13 May, there were held different work-tables toward the end of creating a calendar of struggle regarding political prison and the struggle to liberate Alberto Patishtán, putting special attention on the imprisoned comrades who were represented at the forum.

These are some of the actions that were carried out later and which come during the Global Week for the release of Alberto Patishtán and Francisco Sántiz “To tear down the walls”: On 15 May begins the global week to demand his release and that of Francisco Sántiz López, and on 18 May there will be a mobilization in El Bosque to demand the return of Patishtán.  Collectives from different countries have agreed to join the actions of that week.

For more information (in Spanish):

RvsR Chiapas: Pronunciamiento del Foro contra la prisión política y por la libertad de Alberto Patishtán, y actividades por la liberación de los presos. (Enlace Zapatista, 15 de mayo 2012)

Patishtán, condenado a morir en prisión por una venganza política (La Jornada, 13 de mayo 2012)

CONTRA LA PRISIÓN POLÍTICA Y POR LA LIBERTAD DE ALBERTO PATISHTÁN (Koman Ilel, Audios y testimonios del Foro, 12 de mayo 2012)

Foro Contra la Prisión Política y por la libertad de Alberto Patishtán. CIDECI UNITIERRA (Radio Pozol) (Blog de Alberto Patishtán)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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)

Chiapas: March to commemorate Itzel Méndez Pérez and to resist feminicide

May 21, 2012

Foto @ J. Marquardt (SIPAZ)

Photo @ J. Marquardt (SIPAZ)

In observation of the day against feminicide and violence against women, some 1200 persons in San Cristóbal de Las Casas and more than a hundred in Tuxtla Gutiérrez mobilized in a simultaneous protest on 14 May with banners denouncing feminicide and violence against women in Chiapas.  They declared the two cities to be “insecure and violent.”

The march in San Cristóbal left from the Department of Social Studies of the Autonomous University of Chiapas, directing itself toward the Sonora Fraccionamiento, where on 14 April was murdered Itzel Janet Méndez Pérez, of 17 years of age.  From there it came to the Cathedral Plaza, where it demanded that authorities ensure security protocols and professional investigations that not be tainted by gender prejudice.

Roberto Méndez and Lucía Pérez, the parents of Itzel, lamented that there are not conditions of security and protection for the citizens of San Cristóbal, where violence against women has steadily increased.  “We cannot do nothing; we cannot even walk safely through the streets […].  We request that the state and federal governments do something,” said Lucía Pérez, Itzel’s mother.  Roberto Méndez, her father, demanded justice “for all raped and murdered women.  I want justice not just for Itzel but also but all other women who they have been murdering in this country and in Chiapas.  I demand justice because to lose a daughter is a pain that cannot be imagined.  I demand justice because our beautiful city of San Cristóbal is full of evil.”

Martha Figueroa Mier, from the Mercedes Olivera Feminist Collective, assured that in accordance with press reports, from January to April there have been 20 feminicides in Chiapas, and no justice has been made in the any of the cases.  “In 2011, the State Attorney General’s Office reported more than 100 murders of women in Chiapas.  We have requested that the Office establish protection protocols for women.  We have requested that it create a scientific police to investigate the murders, because in the investigations they establish that the women are murdered for going out at night, or for dressing provocatively.  With this, no one is found responsible for the violence against us,” she expressed.  She added that on average there are 5 women murdered each month.  The activist recalled that tourist women have also been raped by taxi drivers, and that municipal police have also attacked European tourists.

Regarding the number of cases of feminicides in Chiapas, the varies according to the source.  According to  to the data of the Chamber of Commerce and associations of the tourist sector of San Cristóbal de Las Casas “there were two murders of women in 2011.”  So in what has passed of 2012 the case of the youth Itzel Méndez Pérez is the first such case, according to Cuarto Poder.

For more information (in Spanish):

Marcha en memoria de Itzel Méndez Pérez y contra el feminicidio(Audios Radio Zapatista, 15 de mayo 2012)

Declaran a Tuxtla Gutiérrez y San Cristóbal de las Casas “ciudades inseguras y violentas” (Proceso, 14 de mayo 2012)

Familiares de víctimas protestan en Chiapas por el aumento de feminicidios (CNN México, 14 de mayo 2012)


Comerciantes demandan esclarecer asesinato (Cuarto Poder, 15 de mayo 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Justice is demanded in the case of the feminicide of the youth Itzel Yanet Méndez Pérez (16 May 2012)

Demand for end to feminicide in Oaxaca (8 September 2011)

Guerrero – briefs – Tierra Caliente is second-highest national location in number of feminicides (14 September 2010)

Guerrero: Governor Aguirre dismisses 10 persons from his cabinet

May 18, 2012

Ángel Aguirre Rivero, March 2012 @ SIPAZ

On numerous occasions in recent weeks, Ángel Aguirre Rivero, governor of Guerrero, has been accused by reporters for TV Azteca and Televisa of promoting nepotism and corruption.  As a result, Aguirre cleaned the nomination of his direct relatives, although other media had been engaging in these critiques for  months, without any corresponding response.  In a press-conference granted at his office in Acapulco, the governor informed his audience of 10 changes in his cabinet, among these Martha Elba Garzón Bernal for the position of State Attorney General.  Similarly, he dismissed Ernesto Aguirre Gutiérrez, from Strategic Projects, and his sister Rosalinda Aguirre Rivero, who was the director of the System for the General Development of the Family (DIF).  The governor said that it is probable that other changes and adjustments be experienced; he noted that the news has to do in some cases with improvement and strengthening of some areas.  He recognized that in other cases there were relatives who “I had said that I would remove, like Ernesto Guerrero, and my sister Rosalinda Aguirre, among those I can recall.”

In other news, during his visit to the Montaña region of Guerrero, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, progressive presidential candidate, expressed to Governor Aguirre that he is “not alone” in light of the attacks of the TV reporters.  Furthermore, he assured that in case of winning the presidency of the Republic, he would strengthen the rural normal schools of the country, including that in Ayotzinapa, beyond assuring that repression against students would not exist.

For more information (in Spanish):

“Televisa y TV Azteca nos tratan como a sus gatos” (Proceso, 13 de mayo)

Cambia Aguirre a 10 en su gabinete, entre ellos a su hermana y su sobrino (La Jornada de Guerrero, 15 de mayo)

El gobernador “no está solo”, dice López Obrador a Aguirre Rivero (La Jornada de Guerrero, 15 de mayo)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: March in commemoration of Genaro Vázquez – justice demanded for the case of Ayotzinapa (9 February 2012)

Guerrero: precautionary measures requested for education student; 5000 demand political judgment of Aguirre (8 February 2012)

Guerrero: CNDH confirms serious rights-violations against students of Ayotzinapa (16 January 2012)

Guerrero: Extrajudicial execution of students from the Rural Normal of Ayotzinapa (21 December 2011)