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):
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)
www.albertopatishtan.blogspot.mx (Blog de Alberto Patishtán)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas: Demand for release and return of Alberto Patishtan (22 March 2012)