Rosario Díaz Méndez, member of the Voz del Amate and prisoner held in the No. 5 Prison of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, was sentenced on 5 June to 20 years’ imprisonment for the crime of kidnapping. He has always claimed that the charges were fabricated against him, for his “having opposed the planned suspension of devices to measure potable water, as was being suffered in my municipality of Huitiupán at the hands of the City Hall authorities and mayor Heinal González López during the years 2005-2008. This very person was who organized the people who have accused me of kidnapping,” noted Díaz Méndez in a communique.
It was for this reason that he called on state governor Manuel Velasco Coello to intercede so that he be released from “this unjust incarceration,” as he had committed himself to doing on 18 April during a visit to the San Cristóbal prison, when he promised to advanced the cause of the release of the indigenous who form part of the organization those in solidarity with the Voz del Amate, as of Rosario Díaz himself.
For more information (in Spanish):
Sentencian a 20 años de prisión a Rosario Díaz Méndez de la Voz del Amate (Enlace Zapatista, 5 de junio de 2013)
Dan 20 años a tzotzil por secuestro; denuncia persecución (Proceso, 5 de junio de 2013)
Con cargos prefabricados sentencian a 20 años de prisión al indígena tsotsil Rosario Díaz Méndez en Chiapas (Koman Ilel, 6 de junio de 2013)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas: New sentence of 25 years for Rosario Díaz Méndez (5 February 2013)
Chiapas: Sixth Anniversary of the Voz del Amate (16 January 2012)
Chiapas: Fifth anniversary of the “Voz de Amate” (8 January 2011)
Chiapas: End of hunger strike (14 November 2011)