On 19 June, 13 years after his arrest, at least two events were held to demand the release of Alberto Patishtán Gómez, a Tsotsil professor from the El Bosque community who is presently being held in the State Center for the Social Reinsertion of the Sentenced (CERSS) No. 5 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas (Chiapas). Outside this prison, there was a mass offered by the priests of El Bosque, Magdaleno Sánchez Ruiz, and Simojovel, Marcelo Pérez Pérez. Once the religious act ended, messages in solidarity were read, and hundreds of protestors held a march to emphasize their demand. In Mexico City, there was organized a political-cultural event with the same demand, which was attended by members of different groups, including the Front of Peoples in Defense of the Land (FPDT) from San Salvador Atenco, and the Mexican Union of Electricians (SME). Different persons, such as the former rector of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Pablo González Casanova, and the local deputy for the Party of Democratic Revolution (PRD), Carlos de Jesús Alejandro, expressed their support and demanded the release of Patishtán Gómez, member of the Voz del Amate and an adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the EZLN. The PRD representative did not discard the possibility of requesting presidential pardon as a final gesture, in case of a failure from the federal tribunal in Tuxtla Gutiérrez in its decision on Alberto Patishtán, which is expected in the coming weeks.
For more information (in Spanish):
La Jornada: Exigen liberación de Patishtán con marcha en torno a penal (20/06/2013)
La Jornada: Podría quedar libre pronto: ONG (20/06/2013)
Aristeguinoticias.com: “No tomaron en cuenta mis derechos”: Patishtán, a 13 años de encarcelado (20/06/2013)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas: Petition from the CDHFBC to release Alberto Patishtán (15 April 2013)
Chiapas: “Justice is its opposite,” declares Alberto Patishtán (20 March 2013)