Some 100 persons met for another year at the Cerss No. 5 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, to recall the founding of la Voz del Amate, which includes members like Alberto Patishtan Gómez and Rosario Díaz Méndez, after the members’ decision in 2006 to sign the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle and begin a sit-in with other prisoners in No. 14 “El Amate” to demand their immediate release. Visitors from the El Bosque and San Cristóbal de Las Casas municipalities were in attendance, as were others from Italy, Mexico City, Spain, and Argentina, among other palces, to celebrate the VII anniversary of la Voz del Amate, together with those in solidarity with la Voz del Amate.
Among the speeches that took place during the day were included the words of the only female member in solidarity with la Voz del Amate, Rosa López Díaz: “…today I struggle with the pain of being unjustly incarcerated. I struggle with the pain of having suffered physical and psychological torture when the authorities arbitrarily arrested me. I struggle with the pain of having lost my son, Natanael. I struggle with the pain of not being able to live my life with my son Leonardo.”
For more information (in Spanish):
Celebracion domingo 6 enero 2013 (Blog Alberto Patishtan, 6 de enero de 2013)
Discursos VII Aniversario de la Voz del Amate (Blog Alberto Patishtan, 6 de enero de 2013)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas: Sixth Anniversary of the Voz del Amate (16 January 2012)
Chiapas: Fifth anniversary of the “Voz de Amate” (8 January 2011)