Chiapas: pilgrimage of the Believing People to demand the release of Alberto Patishtán

Pilgrimage of the Believing People, September 2012 (@SIPAZ)

On 4 September, more than 3,000 indigenous persons belonging to the Believing People, a process in which thousands from the San Cristóbal de Las Casas diocese participate, made a pilgrimage through this city to demand the immediate and unconditional release of professor Alberto Patishtán Gómez, who has been imprisoned for 12 years and condemned to a sentence of 60 years.  Due to his activism from within the very prisons in which he has been held, Patishtán has been transferred to different prisons, including one in Guasave, Sinaloa, from where he was returned to Chiapas just a month ago, following ten months of national and international protest.

The pilgrimage ended in the Cathedral Plaza where there was held a “Liberatory Mass” as presided over by Marcelo Pérez Pérez, a priest from Simojovel.  The Believing People from the Tsotsil zone noted in a communique that “Today as a church we newly are present to express our solidarity with our brother Alberto Patishtán and to tell him that he is not alone, that we will not tire until he is enjoying his full liberties.  We would also like to demand that the federal and state governments in the name of the omnipotent God put an end to the injustices against us as indigenous people.  End to sentences full of injustices, end to the suffering being experienced by our brother Alberto Patishtán.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Católicos exigen libertad para Alberto Patishtán (La Jornada, 5 de septiembre de 2012)

Exigen indígenas la liberación del maestro Alberto Patisthán (Proceso, 4 de septiembre de 2012)

Peregrinarán por libertad de preso (Cuarto Poder, 4 de septiembre de 2012)

Comunicado del Pueblo Creyente del equipo tsotsil, Diócesis de San Cristóbal de las Casas(4 de septiembre de 2012)

Comunicado de las Abejas de Acteal en la Peregrinación de Pueblo Creyente zona tsotsil en SCLC. (Denuncia Pública, 4 de septiembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Return of professor Patishtán to Cereso no. 5 (16 August 2012)

Chiapas: Letter from Patishtán, 12 years following his imprisonment(10 July 2012)

Chiapas: Actions in favor of the liberation of Alberto Patishtán, 12 years after his incarceration (25 June 2012)

Chiapas: Some thousand persons march for the liberation of Alberto Patishtán (4 June 2012)

Chiapas: Beginning of the “Week for Global Struggle for the Release of Patishtán and Sántiz López: To Tear Down the Walls of the Dungeon”(21 May 2012)

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)

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